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Strictly Come Dancing: Week Nine preview

We are inching ever closer to finding out who will lift the Glitterball Trophy in 2022 and this week the couples head to the famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Tony Adams was the latest departure in Week Eight and now the competition is heating up, with no weaker contestants left on the dance floor.

WhatStrictly Come Dancing, Week Nine
WhereBlackpool Tower Ballroom
When19’45, Saturday 19th November
How to watchBBC One
OddsHamza Yassin 2/7, Helen Skelton 7/2, Will Mellor 16/1, Molly Rainford 40/1, Tyler West 50/1

East fighting back

Many people were shocked to see Fleur East in the bottom two back in Week Six, but since surviving in the competition the singer has come back stronger.

East, who is partnered by Vito Coppola, scored 35 for her Waltz in Week Seven and then went even better last weekend.

The former X Factor contestant was given three 10s from the judges, as she topscored with 39 points for the Samba to ‘Hot Hot Hot’ by Arrow.

This week the duo will have their own choice as to which dance they will perform and that should also work in their favour.

East is still seen as one of the outsiders at 66/1 to win the competition, while the singer is 5/1 to exit this week.

Hamza still the strong favourite

Hamza Yassin still looks like the dancer to beat and he is now 2/7 in the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 Outright market.

The wildlife cameraman has been very consistent during the competition and continues to impress the judges and the watching public.

He and partner Jowita Przystal have scored 30+ points in the last five weeks, including a 38 with their ‘Couple’s Choice’ dance in Week Eight.

The couple will take on the challenge of the American Smooth at the Blackpool Tower and most will expect them to cruise through to the next stage.

Taylor, Marsh and West look in danger

Comedian Ellie Taylor is the 2/1 favourite in the ‘Next Elimination’ market as she also takes on the American Smooth with partner Johannes Radebe.

After scoring a lowly 22 in Week Seven with their Rumba, the couple showed a big improvement last weekend.

Taylor and Radebe scored 31 points for their Charleston to ‘Friendship’ by Anything Goes, but their inconsistent scoring will be of concern for their fans and backers.

Tyler West also struggled in Week Seven, when scoring 29 for a Viennese Waltz, but did improve on that with 31 for a Paso Doble last week.

But the presenter and his partner, Dianne Buswell, were still in the bottom two but didn’t need to take part in the dance-off following Tony Adam’s withdrawal.

Meanwhile, Kym Marsh also scored 31 last week, but that was a dip compared to her performance in Week Seven.

The Coronation Street star and dance partner Graziano Di Prima were in the bottom two in Week Four and faced an early exit from the competition.

The couple wowed with their Argentine Tango in Week Seven, when given 37 by the judges, but dropped to 31 points for their American Smooth last weekend.

Mellor continues to make strides

Will Mellor is in to 16/1 to lift the Glitterball Trophy and the progress he has made in recent weeks suggests he is one to watch.

After struggling with flu earlier in the competition, the actor has continued the improvement in recent weeks, highlighted by the judges’ marks.

Mellor and partner Nancy Xu received 32-33-38 since Week Six and there were two 10s in the scoring for their Waltz to ‘Three Times a Lady’ last weekend.

The improvement of the former Hollyoaks and EastEnders star, as well as the consistency of Yassin, sees Male in the ‘Gender of Winner’ available at 2/9 compared to 3/1 for Female.

The strength of the remaining dancers looks to be highlighted by the viewing figures, which continue to grow from week-to-week.

The Blackpool edition often proves key to the rest of the competition and we might get a clear picture of the main contenders to be crowned the 2022 winners.

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