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Predictions for Strictly Come Dancing 2016

Predictions for Strictly Come Dancing 2016



Shower yourself in sequins and dust off the glitterball, it's Strictly time again! The new series waltzes back on to our screens on Friday 23rd September at 9pm on BBC One (and available to watch after broadcast on BBCiPlayer).

In terms of people you've actually heard of, this year's celebrity line-up is pretty impressive – you'll have heard of at least six of them even if you don't watch BBC Breakfast or EastEnders. Here's our quick rundown of exactly who's who on the Strictly dancefloor this year.

Louise Redknapp, partnered with Kevin Clifton

Where do I know her from? If you're of a certain age, you may remember Louise from her pop career in the '90s, first with all-girl group Eternal and then as a solo artist. Married to former footballer Jamie Redknapp, with whom she has two adorable sons, so expect that to crop up at least once per episode.

Most likely to: Win the hearts of the nation. Louise has a bubbly personality, an infectious smile and a down-to-earth quality that should serve her well. She's already your dad's favourite

Chances of winning: Could well make it into the Final Five. 15/1.


Naga Munchetty, partnered with Pasha Kovalev

Where do I know her from? BBC Breakfast, where she took over as permanent presenter from former Strictly finalist Susanna Reid. There's a long tradition of BBC Breakfast presenters on Strictly and they almost always do well, thanks to a significant fan base.

Most likely to: Stumble in the early stages but come roaring back in Halloween week with a Paso Doble that makes the judges' jaws drop. Costume prediction: either Little Red Riding Hood (with Pasha as the Wolf) or Mina Harker, as played by Winona Ryder in Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula.

Chances of winning: Fan favourite Pasha has a proven track record and is an excellent choreographer, so very high. 5/1


Anastacia, partnered with Brendan Cole

Where do I know her from? An American singer who's sold more than 30 million records worldwide, Anastacia is best known for her song I'm Outta Love, which, coincidentally, she performed on Strictly's Blackpool Special last year.

Most likely to: Become emotionally overwhelmed by both the public support and the general camaraderie between her fellow contestants, especially once her inspirational backstory (she's a breast cancer survivor who recently had a double mastectomy) is revealed.

Chances of winning: She has the perfect partner in Brendan, so pretty good. 8/1


Laura Whitmore, partnered with Giovanni Pernice

Where do I know her from? As a TV presenter, Irish-born Laura has hosted live from the Brits, the BAFTAs and the 2012 Olympics, but she's probably best known for her work on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here, dispensing jungle gossip alongside co-presenter Joe Swash.

Most likely to: Fuel tabloid rumours of a relationship with her professional partner, with the judges and presenters remarking on their off-the-scale chemistry every week, following a scorching rumba in Week Four. Don't knock it – it worked for last year's winners Jay McGuinness and Aliona Vilani.

Chances of winning: 20/1


Greg Rutherford, partnered with Natalie Lowe

Where do I know him from? The Olympics, where he won a bronze medal for the long jump, but wasn't happy about it. (Greg is a self-confessed terrible loser).

Most likely to: Throw a thinly concealed strop after losing the dance-off to Kim off EastEnders in Week Three.

Chances of winning: 75/1


Robert “Judge” Rinder, partnered with new dancer Oksana Platero

Where do I know him from? Rinder is a reality TV judge, like Judge Judy, but British.

Most likely to: Make a painful amount of jokes about judging when facing the judges. Objection, your honour, etc.

Chances of winning: Judging by the introduction show, Judge Rinder appears to have some moves. A surprise contender. 15/1


Claudia Fragapane, partnered with new male dancer AJ Pritchard

Where do I know her from? The Olympics. Claudia is an accomplished gymnast who won four gold medals at the Commonwealth games and recently competed in Rio. She's already the bookies' favourite, thanks to her ability to spring across a gym mat.

Most likely to: Undergo “the journey”. Basically, she's this year's Chelsee Healey / Dani Harmer / Georgia May Foote, i.e. the contestant who starts out super-nervous but gradually gains in both confidence and ability to become a serious contender by the final.

Chances of winning: Very high - with her artistic gymnastic skills we could be looking at another Louis Smith. 3/1


Lesley Joseph, partnered with Anton Du Beke

Where do I know her from? Birds Of A Feather, where she played salacious scene-stealer Dorien Green for 25 years. Fun fact: at 70 years old, Lesley is Strictly's oldest female celebrity to date.

Most likely to: Fulfil the Judy Murray / Ann Widdecombe / John Sergeant role and be kept in week after week - despite showing no dance ability whatsoever - to the mounting irritation of the judges. If she's still there by the time they get to Blackpool, expect Len to go crimson with rage.

Chances of winning: 100/1.


Melvin Odoom, partnered with Janette Monrara

Where do I know him from? Awesomely named Melvin Odoom is a TV and radio presenter, best known as the co-host of Kiss FM's Breakfast show.

Most likely to: Be the Beyoncé of Strictly, at least according to his interview on the introduction show. In reality, he's most likely to get praised by Craig Revel-Horwood for giving good “tango face”.

Chances of winning: 40/1


Danny Mac, partnered with Oti Mabuse

Where do I know him from? Hollyoaks. Danny played frequently shirtless wheeler dealer Mark “Dodger” Savage.

Most likely to: Strip off to his torso, like Artem Chigvintsev used to do every week, inducing all manner of exaggerated swoons. By week five you'll start to feel sorry for him because that will be all anybody on the show talks about whenever he's in Claudia's up-the-stairs bit.

Chances of winning: Pretty good, actually, shirt or no shirt. 7/1


Daisy Lowe, partnered with Aljaz Skorjanec

Where do I know her from? Either from her work as an international model or from that racy dancing video the tabloids won't shut up about. Either way, it's safe to say she's this year's most glamorous contestant (sorry, Greg Rutherford).

Most likely to: Be totally useless at dancing and go out in Week Three, causing producers to tear their hair out, ratings to plummet and your dad to stop watching.

Chances of winning: No, only joking – she'll most probably win. 3/1


Tameka Empson, partnered with new male dancer Gorka Marquez

Where do I know her from? Strictly wouldn't be Strictly without someone off EastEnders and this year that someone is Tameka Empsom, who plays the irrepressible Kim Fox. Her real-life personality is apparently indistinguishable from that of her EastEnders character, so expect funtimes aplenty.

Most likely to: Give Claudia a run for her money in the clowning around department and introduce a made-up catchphrase into popular usage – she's already trying to make “Gorka the Corker” a thing. Some sort of wardrobe malfunction is also a distinct possibility.

Chances of winning: If Tameka can actually dance, she could go all the way. 8/1


Ore Oduba, partnered with Joanne Clifton

Where do I know him from? Former Newsround presenter turned sports presenter, last seen hosting reports from the Olympics in Rio.

Most likely to: Benefit from a post-Strictly career boost, as he seems like a thoroughly nice chap. Does he remind anyone else of David Oyelowo? No? Just us then. Also most likely to burst into tears, as he ‘fessed up to being a “massive crybaby” in his interview.

Chances of winning: Based purely on his failure to dodge the waves on the beach in his intro clip, we're saying slim. 20/1.


Ed Balls, partnered with new dancer Katya Jones

Where do I know him from? The House of Commons, innit? Balls was Shadow Chancellor from 2011 to 2015, but famously lost his seat in the General Election. “Were you up for Balls?” and all that,

Most likely to: Go out in week one - it's basically between Balls and Lesley Joseph. Poor old Balls looked somewhere between uncomfortable and petrified in his interview and partner match-up, so it's doubtful he'll even be around long enough for the “Ed Glitterballs” nickname to stick.

Chances of winning: 1,000/1


Will Young, partnered with Karen Clifton

Where do I know him from? Singer who came to fame after winning the first Pop Idol in 2002. Wait...the first Pop Idol was FOURTEEN YEARS AGO? Way to make us feel old, Will Young. Thanks a bunch.

Most likely to: Lose to Daisy Lowe in the final but be so utterly charming and gracious about it that people will consider him the “real” winner anyway.

Chances of winning: Extremely high. If he's not in the final we'll eat our Gareth Gates CDs. 3/1

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 starts on Friday 23rd September at 9pm on BBC One (and available to watch after broadcast on BBCiPlayer)

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