Strictly Come Dancing 2014 is nearly upon us and whilst visually it's something Liberace would deem a bit gaudy, it can be a surprisingly popular betting event.
Just goes to show that people love spandex and glitter balls more than they should
Anyway, the line up has been announced, and the live shows start from 7 September. That puts them in direct competition with X-Factor, much to Simon Cowell's annoyance, but it's too early for a betting blog on that.
In fact at 9/2 (Stan James) favourite Pixie Lott is still worth backing early as she'll almost certainly have decent backing from the audience at home which should keep her out of the bottom and potential lottery of the dance offs. Expect her to make the final as a minimum, but more than likely join such luminaries in the Strictly winners enclosure as Louis Smith, Chris Hollins and Tom Chambers.
Also worth keeping an eye on will be former Scotland rugby international Thom Evans. His rugby career may have been curtailed by a nasty neck injury, but he's still athletic and should know how to move his feet..........and middle aged women won't be able to resist voting for him when he inevitably takes his shirt off at some point.
Caroline Flack is my choice for a lay. She's as long as 10/1 at Boylesport, but won't be troubling the likely winners in weeks to come. Think she's also had a thing with Harry Styles, which probably means all the young female viewers will hate her and not vote as well.........at least that's why I'm not going to anyway.
All the rest of the outsiders are best priced at BetFair, so get yourself over there if you want to put a cheeky quid on one of the minor celebrities like Scott Mills (radio funny man), Judy Murray (mother of Andy but famous in her own right for not getting hugged at Wimbledon) or Greg Wallace (the not quite as fat as he was one from Masterchef).