Strictly Come Dancing: Bottom two beckons for dragon Debra Meaden

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Debra Meaden’s experience of the cut-throat world of international business will stand her in good stead this weekend, with the Dragons’ Den favourite set to face elimination for the first time.

The entrepreneur has surprised many with her performances so far but while she is by no means one of the weakest competitors, the popularity of some of the other contestants could count against her.

Hairy Biker Dave Myers has picked up the baton that in previous years has been held by John Sergeant, Anne Widdicombe and Nancy Dell’Olio in that while he may be more cha-cha-chunk than cha-cha-cha, armchair judges have backed him in their droves.

A powerful audience rapport has served rhythmically-challenged participants well in the past, with Sergeant having to bow out before the final in 2008 to ensure he didn’t ride the fan power wave all the way to the title.

So, with Myers’ set for another stay of execution it becomes a question of who will join perennial bottom two-er Julien Macdonald in the dance off?

Macdonald is the 1/6 favourite to finish in the bottom two again but better value can be had by backing Meaden at 4/1.

The 54-year-old earned some positive comments from the judges last week, picking up sevens across the board, but there is an air of encouragement – rather than absolute praise – in what is being said.

Craig Revel Horwood, the show’s most outspoken judge, told Meaden she put a smile on his face after last week’s Quickstep with partner Robin Windsor.

Bruno Tonioli mustered a “much better” and Len Goodman focused on the enjoyment that Meaden seems to get from her performances.

However, in the previous week Horwood likened the duo’s dance to a “Dragon verses Drag Queen” act and this could sway the audience at home.

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Given the chance, viewers could say to Meaden “I’m out” of her proposal to be this year’s champion.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.