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Strictly Come Dancing: Week six preview

Comedian Jayde Adams became the latest celebrity to depart the dancefloor in last week's Strictly Come Dancing, failing to impress the public with her and partner Karen Hauer's Charleston to 'The Ballad of Barry & Fred' by Victoria Wood.

(This article was originally published on 28.10.2022)

Week five was all about celebrating the best of the BBC during its centenary with other contestants performing to themes from hit shows such as Doctor Who and The Apprentice.

But this week the remaining 11 celebrities must turn their attention to Halloween week with a number of spooktacular performances lined up as the battle for the Glitterball continues.

WhatStrictly Come Dancing, Week Six
WhereElstree Film and Television Studios, Borehamwood
WhenSaturday 29th October 2022
How to watchBBC One
OddsTo win outright - Hamza Yassin 8/11, Helen Skelton 7/2, Will Mellor 11/2, Tyler West 8/1, Molly Rainford 25/1

Cameraman Yassin remains the one to beat

Fittingly in week five, Helen Skelton went top of the leaderboard with her Charleston to 'Barnacle Bill' celebrating Blue Peter, the show she co-presented between 2008 and 2013.

Skelton and her partner Gorka Marquez were rewarded with a score of 35 out of 40 for that performance, but it was matched by likeable cameraman Hamza Yassin and partner Jowita Przystal, who dazzled with a Quickstep to Imagine Dragons anthem 'On Top of the World', celebrating BBC Nature.

In a week which saw no tens given out, Skelton and Yassin were the stars of the show and they are 7/2 and 8/11 respectively to win this year's series.

It is understandable to see Yassin so high up in the betting given he has averaged 31.4 across the five dances performed so far but that price looks a little short at such an early stage in the competition.

For Halloween Week, Yassin and his partner Przystal are set to perform their first Tango of the series to 'Wicked Game' by Chris Isaak, while Skelton and Marquez have opted for a Foxtrot to 'Lil' Red Riding Hood' by Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs.

Time could be up for soap star Marsh

Former Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh is far from the worst dancer left in the competition, having averaged 28.4 across the first five weeks, but her and partner Graziano Di Prima found themselves in the bottom two in week four and she is 2/1 to be the next celebrity eliminated.

That is despite the fact they avoided the bottom two last week with Molly Rainford and Carlos Gu instead having to compete in the dance-off.

Rainford is 16/1 to be the next celebrity eliminated and only 25/1 to win the series.

Among the others most likely to go next is James Bye, who will be performing a Charleston to 'Bumble Bee' by Lavern Baker, at 5/2 and Ellie Taylor, who has gone for the Couple's Choice to 'I Put A Spell on You' by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, at 7/2.

Even though he is averaging only 20 points per dance, Tony Adams clearly remains a popular figure with the public and is 6/1 to be eliminated in week six, when he is set to show off his Quickstep to 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' by The Charlie Daniels band.

West worth keeping an eye on

A lot has been made of Yassin and Skelton at the head of the betting but one celebrity who looks underrated in the outright market is TV and radio presenter Tyler West.

West and partner Dianne Buswell posted a respectable 32 out of 40 in week five with their Tango to the Doctor Who theme and their total scores across the five dances they have performed amount to 160 - only Rainford and Gu (164) rank higher.

West has averaged 32 points across those five dances and has gone for the Cha Cha Cha to 'Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)' by Tanz Orchester Klaus Hallen this time around.

At 8/1, there are worse outright bets to have right now.

In the middle of the betting, former The X Factor star Fleur East is out to 33/1 to win this year's Strictly Come Dancing, despite an admirable 32 scored for her Jive to 'Waterloo' by ABBA last time out.

This week she is dancing the Salsa to 'Break My Soul' by Beyonce.

Ellie Simmonds, meanwhile, will be hoping to get her outright price of 40/1 down with a Foxtrot to the Scooby Doo theme.

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