Strictly week 8: Is this year’s competition now a two-horse race?

After weeks of jockeying for position it appears that the battle for the Glitterball trophy in this year’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing is between just two contestants. 

That’s according to the bookies at least with Jay McGuiness and Georgia May Foote now way ahead of their nearest rivals in the betting.

Are the remaining celebrities just making up the numbers?

We’re back to give you the rundown on the latest from the BBC ballroom…

Leading ladies top the leaderboard but Georgia is the one

Georgia and Giovanni hotfooted their way to the top of the leaderboard with a stunning score of 39 while Helen and Aljaẑ weren’t too far behind having notched a none too shabby 34 points.

But in betting terms these two particular leading ladies are light years apart.

Corrie star Georgia is the 3/1 second favourite behind 4/6 chance Jay while Call the Midwife’s Helen is rated as a 20/1 rank outsider.

Poor Helen is becoming increasingly friendless having been well-supported in the opening exchanges but she’s not the only one.

Even the uber consistent Peter Andre has been pushed out to 12/1 with this year’s competition now becoming a two-horse race.

Twitter is not happy about Jeremy’s departure

It had to happen at some point and Jeremy Vine has finally succumbed. After weeks of entertaining us with his brand of ultimate dad dancing the Radio 2 presenter was forced to face the music on Sunday night.

And his legion of fans weren’t happy.

Fair play to Jamelia though, there aren’t many acts who would survive FOUR dance-offs.

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William Geldart

Having graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Wales, Bangor, William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.