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 DancingBlackpool WinnersOverall FinishSeries WinnerBlackpool Finish
Series 1Claire Sweeney and John ByrnesFinished 5thNatasha Kaplinsky and Brendan ColeFinished 3rd
Series 2Jill Halfpenny and Darren BennettWINNERSJill Halfpenny and Darren BennettFinished 1st
Series 7Ali Bastian and Brian FortunaFinished 3rdChris Hollins and Ola JordanFinished 3rd
Series 8Matt Baker and Aliona VilaniFinished 2ndKara Tointon and Artem ChigvintsevFinished 3rd
Series 11Nataltie Gumede and Artem ChigvintsevFinished joint 2ndAbbey Clancy and Aljaz SkorjanecFinished 3rd
 Susanna Reid and Kevin CliftonFinished joint 2nd  
Series 12Pixie Lott and Trent WhiddonFinished 6thCaroline Flack and Pasha KovalevFinished joint 3rd
 Simon Webbe and Kristina RihanoffFinished joint 2nd  
Series 13Georgia May Foote and Giovanni PerniceFinished joint 2ndJay McGuiness and Aliona VilaniFinished 4th
Series 14Danny Mac and Oti MabuseFinished joint 2ndOre Oduba and Joanne CliftonFinished joint 2nd
Series 15Alexandra Burke and Gorka MarquezFinished joint 2ndJoe McFadden and Katya JonesFinished 4th
Series 16Ashley Roberts and Pasha KovalevFinished joint 2ndStacey Dooley and Kevin CliftonFinished 5th
Series 17Karim 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 – 60/1Strictly 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 writingSpokesman 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 You can also check out all our latest Press Releases  – which you are free to use

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