Strictly Come Dancing has an early favourite with a curse to overcome!

Strictly Come Dancing favourite Maisie Smith must overcome the Strictly curse if she is to carry off the prized Glitterball Trophy in 2020.

No, not THAT curse, the one which sees contestants leave their long term partners and forge a new relationship with a professional dancer.

But the curse which says a teenager can never win the BBC show.

Eastenders actor Maisie, best known for playing Tiffany Butcher-Baker in the long running soap, celebrated her 19th birthday in July. And no teenager has ever won Strictly.

The youngest winning age, spanning all 17 series and almost 2,000 dances, was 23-year-old Olympic gymnast Louis Smith in 2012.

Last year’s winner, Kelvin Fletcher, was 35, while runner up Karim Zeroual was 25.

But despite her tender years bookies  thepools.com  make Maisie 11/4 favourite , with pop star HRVY, another youngster at 21 years old, next in the running at 5/1 .

But Harvey Leigh Cantwell,  HRVY’s real name, has also been a presenter on BBC’s Friday Download on CBBC – and TV presenters historically fare well in the show.



The Strictly 2020 line up

Six of Strictly’s previous winners have held job titles as TV presenters, giving Good Morning Britain’s political editor and occasional host, Ranvir Singh – a 12/1 outsider – also cause for optimism.

Ranvir has also appeared on other ITV programmes including Loose Women, Tonight and Eat, Shop, Save – and is is about to start co-hosting a new Sunday morning show, All Around Britain.

Only one celebrity has ever won Strictly in their 40s – Joe McFadden, when he triumphed in 2017 at the ripe old age of 41 – which is why 55-year-old Bill Bailey ( 50/1 ) and 60-year-old Caroline Quentin ( 25/1 ) prop up the betting.



Bill Bailey is a rank outsider to win Strictly 2020

As weird as it may sound brunettes almost always win Strictly – more than 80 per cent of the time.

Abbey Clancy is the only blonde ever to win the show, back in 2013. And all all ten male winners of Strictly have had dark hair. Which is maybe why blond Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing is as long as 9/1 .

Sports stars historically do well, though. And Olympic boxer Nicola Adams is no stranger to slick footwork around a boxing ring. She is 6/1 , the same price as BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo and Max George, who shot to fame as a member of boy band The Wanted.

His former bandmate, Jay McGuiness, previously won Strictly Come Dancing in 2015.

Making up the list are two men who have combined careers in sport and TV.

Broadcaster and former professional American footballer Jason Bell is a tempting 10/1 , with Invictus Games medallist and then TV presenter JJ Chalmers 16/1 .



Jason Bell hopes to impress his young daughter

Bell played in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, then played for the Houston Texans, where he was named a recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, one of the league’s highest honours and finished his professional career with the New York Giants.

Former Royal Marine commando JJ Chalmers competed in the 2014 Invictus Games where he captained the Trike Cycling team and took home three medals.

He later embarked on a career in broadcasting, presenting coverage of the Rio Paralympics and anchoring BBC One’s coverage of the Invictus Games.

Strictly winner odds (from thepools.com)

Maisie Smith 11/4

HRVY 5/1

Clara Amfo, Max George and Nicola Adams 6/1

Jamie Laing 9/1

Jason Bell 10/1

Ranvir Singh 12/1

JJ Chalmers 16/1

Caroline Quentin 25/1

Bill Bailey 50/1

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