Strictly 2018

Blackpool champions curse – can Kelvin and Karim overcome it?

With Blackpool week in the bag, many of the Strictly Come Dancing celebrities will begin to have their eyes on the Glitter Ball – but history suggests avoiding victory at the seaside. OddsMonkey has looked back over every series that has seen an event filmed at Blackpool’s World Famous Tower Ball Room, not including the finals. And it shows that if you take victory in Blackpool, that does not bode well at all – indeed only one person has even won and then gone on to claim the Glitter Ball Trophy. The only champion to also win in Blackpool is Jill Halfpenny, who did that in 2004 in just Series 2 and few would have believed that nobody would do it it since. Now it means that history is not on the side of either Kelvin Fletcher or Karim Zeroual – who shared top spot in Blackpool this year. Indeed looking back over the last five years, the winner has gone on to finish second, but Kelvin and Karim will be looking to break that record.
Strictly Come Dancing Blackpool Winners Overall Finish Series Winner Blackpool Finish
Series 1 Claire Sweeney and John Byrnes Finished 5th Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole Finished 3rd
Series 2 Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett WINNERS Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett Finished 1st
Series 7 Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna Finished 3rd Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan Finished 3rd
Series 8 Matt Baker and Aliona Vilani Finished 2nd Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev Finished 3rd
Series 11 Nataltie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev Finished joint 2nd Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec Finished 3rd
  Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton Finished joint 2nd    
Series 12 Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon Finished 6th Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev Finished joint 3rd
  Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff Finished joint 2nd    
Series 13 Georgia May Foote and Giovanni Pernice Finished joint 2nd Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani Finished 4th
Series 14 Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse Finished joint 2nd Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton Finished joint 2nd
Series 15 Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez Finished joint 2nd Joe McFadden and Katya Jones Finished 4th
Series 16 Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev Finished joint 2nd Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton Finished 5th
Series 17 Karim Zeroual and Amy Downden ? ?  
  Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse ? ?  
OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton commented: “Kevin and Karim are so far ahead according to the Bookmakers that nobody else in contention. “Our Blackpool findings show that things might not be all over, we have seen big shocks in Strictly Come Dancing before, but for somebody other than Kelvin and Karim to win, would be one of the biggest ever.” Strictly Come Dancing – Next Elimination Chris Ramsey – 11/10 Saffron Barker – 9/4 Emma Barton – 7/2 Alex Scott – 7/2 Karim Zeroual – 40/1 Kelvin Fletcher – 60/1 Strictly Come Dancing – Winner Kelvin Fletcher – 4/9 Karim Zeroual – 7/2 Emma Barton – 16/1 Alex Scott – 16/1 Saffron Barker – 20/1 Chris Ramsey – 33/1 *Odds correct at time of writing Spokesman Peter Watton is available for further comment or one-on-one interviews on this subject or anything connected with a betting market – for more information please contact [email protected]  You can also check out all our latest Press Releases  – which you are free to use
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