SCD 2012: No Harmer in 16-1 Dani

The new series of Strictly Come Dancing launched last weekend. As a viewer, I think it’s an incredibly enjoyable reality competition that remains at the top of its game. But as a punter, it has always proved less attractive to me than X Factor.

There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly, the smaller […]

Strictly 2011 Final Preview: Will Judd come up trumps?

We reach the end of a memorable season of Strictly. Whilst X Factor has looked increasingly frayed at the edges in 2011, the seamless entertainment of the BBC show has been deservedly winning the Saturday night ratings battle.

There are plenty of reasons why. Strictly contains some key ingredients that X Factor programme makers may […]

Strictly Come Dancing 2011: First Impressions

This series of Strictly Come Dancing contains potentially the most entertaining line-up the show has seen. Unfortunately, whilst it’s a feast for viewers, it’s currently a famine for punters who have not yet committed themselves.

This is because bookmakers look to have it right in making Jason Donovan the 7/4 market leader ahead of Harry […]

Strictly Come Dancing Final: Leave your dough on Baker

Back at the start of October I tipped Matt Baker at odds of just over 5/2 for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing contest. I reiterated that advice at the beginning of November at a price just under 7/4.

As hoped, the bet has taken us all the way to the final, where Matt is now […]

Handling the Headline Grabbers: Wagner, Widdi and Waissel

Controversial or novelty acts are an essential element of TV talent contests, a format that originated with ‘variety’ shows. Having twelve passable dancers or singers does not provide variety; adding a Wagner, Widdecombe or even a Waissel to the mix, does.

TV producers and tabloid editors, desperate for ratings and sales in an age of […]

Strictly Come Dancing: Still On For a Matt Finish

My preview of this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing was bullish on the chances of farmer and TV presenter Matt Baker, then priced at 3.6 on Betfair. The message here is stand by your man, now 2.7 in the same market.

Most of what I said in that original article holds true. Matt has […]

Strictly Come Dancing: Baker To Deliver

Men do better than women in reality TV shows. My theory why is that the female public is more likely to vote, and more likely to vote for the opposite sex.

Strictly Come Dancing is an excellent case in point. Ali Bastian always outscored eventual winner Chris Hollins with the judges in 2009, but could […]

What’s in store on Sofabet

Stay tuned in the next few weeks for a series of posts from Daniel Gould on Eurovision betting ahead of the 2010 finals in Oslo from 25-29th May.

He will share ten things to do and not to do based on his experiences of betting on Eurovision, as well as write a betting blog about […]