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Strictly Come Dancing: Final preview

After 14 weeks of frolicking around the BBC dancefloor and Blackpool's Tower Ballroom, the final of Strictly Come Dancing Series 21 is upon us with Ellie Leach, Layton Williams and Bobby Brazier ready to battle it out for the Glitterball Trophy on Saturday evening.

Annabel Croft fell at the final hurdle last week with the finishing line in sight to leave Leach as the only remaining female chasing glory.

Leach has been the one to beat for weeks, and the betting suggests there can be only one winner.

The Coronation Street star has been a short price for glory since the halfway stage, and goes to post this weekend just 1/14 to waltz off with the star prize.

Layton Williams has done his best to put pressure on Leach with a series of memorable performances and high scores, but at 10/1 a gargantuan effort will be needed to usurp the red-hot favourite.

Bobby Brazier is a 20/1 shot to win the competition and he has survived two dance-offs to reach this stage. He appears to be making up the numbers this week but stranger things have happened in the BBC studios.

Let's take a look at the three contestants in more detail as they make their final bids for glory.

WhatStrictly Come Dancing
When19:00 Saturday 16th December 2023
WhereBBC Elstree Studios, London
How to watchBBC One and iPlayer
Winner oddsEllie Leach 1/14, Layton Williams 10/1, Bobby Brazier 20/1

Leach leaving them all behind

Ellie Leach has been the market leader to win this year's Strictly Come Dancing since the midway mark and she has left the rest behind with energetic and high-scoring performances, while promoting her bubbly nature and girl-next-door persona.

She has clearly stolen the voting public's hearts and she has remained well clear of the bottom two as her partnership with professional dancer Vito Coppola has flourished.

As much based on popularity as it is talent, the pair have landed consistent scores each week although they have never reached the top of the overall leaderboard.

At 458 points from 13 dances, Leach is averaging 35.2 points per dance, but remarkably she is yet to land a perfect score of 40. A couple of 39s in Weeks Seven and Nine took her agonisingly close, and a maximum looks likely at some point on Saturday.

The couples will pick their favourite dance of the series to perform once again, while they will also take on a Judges' Choice routine and a showdance in a final bid to wow the voting public.

Leach is just 1/14 to finish with the Glitterball Trophy in her hands and she looks a justified favourite to dance her way to glory.

Top-scoring Williams set to come up short

If the competition was based solely on point-scoring then Layton Williams would have had Strictly Come Dancing wrapped up weeks ago.

The Bad Education star has topped the leaderboard since the early rounds and is still top of the pops with 469 points from his 13 dances. That's an average of 36.1 points per dance and it would be harsh to see him leave empty handed on Saturday.

Williams and partner Nikita Kuzmin have done all they can to keep the pressure on Leach, while holding off the challenge from the rest of the chasing pack with some memorable routines.

The last two weeks have seen Williams land consecutive scores of 40 points - the only contestant to land a maximum score in the series - and his only appearance in the bottom two saw him get the better of Angela Scanlon with a clean sweep of votes from the judges in the dance-off.

He's 10/1 to wrestle the Glitterball Trophy Leach's grasp but his eye-catching efforts don't look like being enough.

Bobby's ball looks to be over

Eastenders actor Bobby Brazier scraped through last week's dance-off with Annabel Croft to reach the final, and it was his second appearance in the bottom two following a survival scrap with Angela Rippon in Week Nine.

Brazier is a bubbly, likeable chap with a sad backstory and that looks to have carried him all the way to the final three as some of his performances have been far from polished.

In a three-horse race he still has a chance of glory, but it looks hard for him to get his nose in front of Leach and Williams at this late stage.

His average of 32.5 points per dance leaves him well adrift of the scores being posted by the duo ahead of him in the betting and the 20/1 that he takes home the Glitterball Trophy looks on the mark.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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