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Strictly Come Dancing: Week seven preview

Eastenders actor James Bye and partner Amy Dowden became the latest pair to be eliminated from this year's Strictly Come Dancing last Sunday.

(This article was originally published on 04.11.2022)

Former X Factor star Fleur East also suffered a scare in Halloween Week as she and partner Vito Coppola found themselves in the bottom two.

Only 10 celebrities remain in the battle for the Glitterball with week seven taking place this Saturday.

WhatStrictly Come Dancing, Week seven
WhereElstree Film and Television Studios, Borehamwood
When19:00, Saturday 5th November
How to watchBBC One
Odds (Outright)Hamza Yassin (8/15), Helen Skelton (4/1), Will Mellor (8/1), Tyler West (11/1), Tony Adams (25/1)

Comedian Taylor favourite to leave next

With their Couple's Choice of 'I Put a Spell on You' from Hocus Pocus, comedian Ellie Taylor and partner Johannes Radebe topped the leaderboard, along with Tyler West and Dianne Buswell, in Halloween Week, posting 35 out of 40.

But ahead of week seven, Taylor is priced at 13/8 to be the next celebrity eliminated.

To many fans of the hit BBC One show, that will come as a surprise given Taylor and Radebe have not found themselves in the bottom two during this series.

However, when looking at those left in the competition, only Tony Adams and Katya Jones (21.8) have a lower average score than Taylor, who is arguably not as charismatic and popular with the public as the Arsenal legend. 

With that in mind, Taylor may well appear weaker this time around as the remaining celebrities are whittled down and it is hard to dispute her being priced as the favourite in the 'next elimination' market.

She is set to perform the Rumba to 'Alone' by Heart this week.

Yassin remains the frontrunner for the Glitterball

Cameraman Hamza Yassin and partner Jowita Przystal remain the frontrunners to win this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing, having performed the week's highest scoring dance on three occasions already this series.

Last time out their Tango to 'Wicked Game' by Chris Isaak was rewarded with an admirable 33 out of 40, meaning they are averaging 31.7 across the series.

With his light-footed nature and charming personality, it is no surprise to see Yassin trimmed to 8/15 to claim the Glitterball and this week he and partner Przystal are set to perform the Cha Cha Cha to 'I Can't Help Myself' by Four Tops.

West looks a shrewd selection to win series

Although he has been impressive, Yassin does not offer much value at 8/15 to win the series and those after a bigger price in the outright market may want to consider TV and radio presenter West and his partner Buswell.

Their Cha Cha Cha to 'Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)' by Klaus Hallen Tanzorchester was well-received during Halloween Week with judge Motsi Mabuse labelling it as "one of the best Cha Cha Chas" she had ever seen on the show.

Fellow judge Anton Du Beke, meanwhile, awarded West and Buswell a 10 for the performance, taking their total score to 35 out of 40.

It was the second time this series they have topped the leaderboard - having also done so with their Charleston in week three - and only Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu (197) have scored more points than West and Buswell (195) throughout the series.

At 11/1, West could be a great outside bet to win Strictly Come Dancing 2022.

Adams shortens in outright market

Former footballer Adams and his partner Jones got off to a rocky start to the series and heading into week seven, their total points tally (131) is lower than Jayde Adams and Karen Hauer (137), who were eliminated two weeks ago.

They are averaging an underwhelming 21.8 this series but last week's score of 31 showed a marked improvement and they have not been in the bottom two this series.

Adams is of course not the most talented dancer but he is going from strength to strength and is clearly winning over the public with his humour and charisma.

He is 8/1 to be the next eliminated but perhaps more eye-catching is his outright price of 25/1, which puts him above the likes of Rainford (40/1) and East (80/1) to win the series.

This time around he is set to perform the Salsa to 'I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)' by Pitbull and he could be in for another strong week.

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