The mixture of ballroom dancing and ‘celebrities’ has been a big hit all over the globe. ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ remains a big hit with viewers and the tabloids and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ gets plenty of viewers in other countries, particularly the USA. The third series of the show is currently being shown in Ireland but who’s going to be the winner?

They only have three judges on this show so the scores are marked out of 30 compared to 40 for Strictly. At least there’s no Bruno Tonioli screaming his head off every minute or Claudia Winkleman telling terrible jokes.

Waltzing Ward

Johnny Ward is the current favourite to win the series. Who the heck is he though? Well, he’s an Irish actor who is best known for his role in a show called ‘Love/Hate.’ Now he’s in another show that people either seem to love or hate.

He’s been a bit inconsistent on the show so far. Week six saw him score just 19 points for his less than impressive quickstep. The following week saw a big improvement though as the judges gave him 27 points for his rumba. Despite a couple of weeks with low scores, he’s not been in the dance-off so must be popular with the public. He’s currently 13/8 (2.61) at Coral to win the show.

Hagan Not Far Behind

It’s close at the top of the market though with country music star Cliona Hagan 15/8 (2.87) with Ladbrokes. Her top score on the show has been 28 for a samba and she has the second-highest average score. Hagan has never been in the dance-off and is giving Ward a good run for his money.

Top of the Averages

Who’s top of the averages? Well that honour goes to Mairead Ronan who’s 3/1 (4.0) at Paddy Power. Back to Wikipedia to work out just who she is and the news is she’s a TV presenter. She regularly scores in the 24-25 region and averages 23.5 so far.

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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