Viennese waltz pain to spur Kimberley to Strictly success

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The final is finally here on Strictly Come Dancing and the betting suggests it’s a two-horse race for victory between Louis Smith and Kimberley Walsh, with Dani Harmer and Denise Van Outen big prices for victory.

Louis is favourite at 4/7, with Kimberley at 2/1 and it is the latter that is peaking at the perfect time to achieve victory.

Kimberley has scored the maximum of 40 in each of the last two weeks and has all the momentum in her favour.

Meanwhile, the final provides the perfect chance for Kimberley to make amends for one of her most disappointing performances of the series.

Back in week six, Kimberley found herself in the bottom two after her Viennese waltz routine, but was saved over Fern Britton.

The four finalists will each complete a chance picked by the judges and the foursome have chosen the same routine for Kimberley.

She may have only scored 34 in this dance on the first occasion and it is almost a given that she will score far higher this time.

What is also interesting is that none of the other three finalists bettered Kimberley’s score of 34 on the first occasion that they performed the routine that has been selected for them by the judges.

In fact, Louis only scored 30 when he first tried the tango.

Denise Van Outen is arguably the best dancer of the final quartet, but is hard to fancy given that she has had to be rescued from the bottom two in each of the last two weeks.

This indicates that she is the least liked by voters given her good scores and 5/6 looks fair value that she is first eliminated in the final.

It is hard not to foresee the two favourites occupying the top two positions and so those believing Kimberley will win may be able to enhance profits by opting for the 5/2 straight forecast that she triumphs with Louis second.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date

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Craig Kemp

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