Maisie Smith could lose Strictly to Jamie as pro warns ‘best dancer doesn’t always win’

Strictly: Maisie Smith jokes about her ’struggle’ in training

Made in Chelsea star Jamie has been in the dreaded dance off on four occasions with his professional dance partner Karen Hauer but has always been saved by the Strictly Come Dancing judges. EastEnders actress Maisie has also been in the dance off twice but has better odds of winning according to bookmakers. However, Anton du Beke has warned Jamie could end up winning if he is more popular with viewers on Saturday night.

Predicting who would win the 2020 series of Strictly Come Dancing, Anton explained it was a tough call and would come down to how popular the stars are with the viewers.

“Well you know, I can’t really do it because I don’t really know,” he remarked

“I mean, difficult to say. Two of the couples haven’t been in a dance off and two of the couples have been in a dance off.

“The audience are now voting for the winner, the judges’ marks don’t make a difference. It’s all about the audience at home.

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“So, you know, sometimes the best dancer marks wise doesn’t always win. You might end up with Jamie or Bill winning.

“Maisie and HRVY have been very strong during the series but then, it may be Maisie and HRVY because the audience at home might go, ‘You know what I’m going to mark them to win because they’re so good.’

“They are all doing terrific numbers because it’s the final, you can choose the best of the best. They choose all their best numbers.

“What will really swing it is the show number. The show dance is one we haven;t seen yet and it’s going to be bells and whistles, they’re going to give it all.

“So what comes out of that could swing it, as it has done in the past.”

Speaking to Phil Williams on Times Radio earlier this week, Anton explained he always wanted the audience on side as at the end of the day, it was;t the judges who would get to decide who would be champion.

“Everything I have done on Strictly with my partners has been because of my partners if you know what I mean,” he said of how he approaches the competition.

“I tailor everything to them and their ability and getting the best out if them with the effort of making them look the best they can and as comfortable as they can.

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“That’s most important to me because I know, and I’ve always known this, it’s not about me, it’s about them.

“It’s my role and my job to make them feel comfortable and look great and do the best they can and get the best they can get.

“If you do that right then you will get the marks that you’re after and hopefully you get the viewers and audience at home ringing in and voting for you, which is the most important thing for me.

“The judges are alright but I’d rather have the audience on my side.”

Ahead of the final on Saturday night, Bill Bailey is currently the favourite to be named champion.

He will be heading into the series finale as favourite with the bookies at odds of 8/11, with HRVY likely to be his closest rival for the Glitterball Trophy at 7/4.

Elsewhere, Maisie remains a 6/1 outsider, while Jamie is way out at 50/1 to cause what would be the biggest upset in the show’s history.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Maisie is the most popular pick with punters but Bill is the one to beat if the latest odds are anything to go by.”

Strictly Come Dancing Final airs Saturday on BBC One at 6pm.

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