Strictly Come Dancing 2019 Finalists – Kelvin and Oti

It’s time for the first part in my series where I take a brief look at the finalists and their Strictly journeys so far. I will be doing them in the order they qualified for the final so will begin with Kelvin and Oti

Best Dance

Kelvin and Oti have had all four judges reaching for their 10 paddles on one occasion this series. During last weekend’s semi final their Quickstep impressed all of the judges scoring a maximum 40 (10,10,10,10)

Worst Dance

You have to travel all the way back to week 2 of the series for their worst routine. Their Waltz scored a still respectable 28 (7,7,7,7)

Average Score

Kelvin and Oti have amassed a total of 465 points from 13 routines making for an average of 35.8. This is the highest average of the three finalists

Number Of Times In The Dance Off

Kelvin and Oti are one of two couples in the final to have never landed in the bottom two and have never faced a dance off

Odds Of Winning

Kelvin and Oti are currently odds on favourites to lift the Glitterball next weekend with bookmakers offering prices in the range of 1/3

Can They Win?

They’ve topped pretty much every poll I’ve run this series (currently sitting top with 44% in my winners poll after the semi final), are odds on favourites with the bookmakers and have been consistently near the top of the judges leaderboard. They’ve impressed pretty much from the off. All of which should make this pretty much banged on for them right?

Well I’d actually be cautious to say this is as one sided as things would suggest. This is Oti’s second final and she’s been in this position before with Danny Mac who also topped most of my polls and was consistently near the top of the leaderboard but ended up losing to outsider Ore Oduba that series.

Oti is however one of the strongest pros on the series and has formed a good, popular partnership with Kelvin and it is surely a matter of when, not if, Oti will lift the Glitterball with one of her partners. But for me there are two barriers that could make them runners up rather than winners

Firstly the public love a good journey in Strictly and love to see someone start off as a relative novice in week 1 and become a fantastic dancer by the time of the final. Kelvin has not had much of a journey though. He started off great with a score of 32 in week 1, but has only scored 40 on one occasion and in his last dance in the Semi Final scored 37. That’s only an improvement of 5 points from first to last dance (so far) and an improvement of 12 points from their lowest scoring dance to their highest. Compare that with last year’s winners Stacey and Kevin who went from scoring 20 in week 2 to 39 in the final. It’s a similar story for Joe and Katya the year before.

Secondly there is the Motsi factor. I know from comments on my social feeds and elsewhere that many people feel Motsi cannot possibly be impartial when judging her Sister and this may cause viewers to put their votes elsewhere on Saturday. I’d like to add that I don’t buy into this and apart from being a bit trigger happy with her 10 paddle in the Semi Final I think Motsi’s judging of all the couples has been fair and she has been a good replacement for Dame Darcey in my opinion. Plus Motsi judged Oti before in the German version without issues

Kelvin’s public vote has also never been tested as he has been consistently top or near the top of the judges leaderboard and as they have never been in the bottom two we can’t say too much about Kelvin’s public vote other than the fact that he polled more than fellow finalist Karim during last weekend’s semi final and out of the 5 possible permutations that would have given the dance off result we had in the semi finals Kelvin outpolls Emma in two of them. Of course he is topping my poll and the results of my poll match one of the possible permutations that would have resulted in last weekend’s dance off but my polls have been wrong before especially this series

What do you think of Kelvin and Oti. Will you be supporting them in the Final? You can let me know your thoughts right here in the comments section or over on Facebook or Twitter

Don’t forget to check out part 2 of this series in the coming days where I’ll be taking a look at Emma and Anton. And you can still vote in this week’s poll and tell me who your winner is after the semi final

Who do you want to win Strictly Come Dancing 2019? (Select ONE option only)

  • Kelvin and Oti (44%, 13,240 Votes)
  • Emma and Anton (24%, 7,125 Votes)
  • Karim and Amy (20%, 6,114 Votes)
  • Chris and Karen (11%, 3,406 Votes)

Total Voters: 29,885

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Sixteenth 2019 Celebrity Revealed

With Jamie Laing retiring from Strictly due to injury a gap has opened up in the class of 2019. The BBC are up late because they have just revealed the latest name to be taking part. And I can reveal that it is……..

Kelvin Fletcher

Kelvin is best known for appearing in Emmerdale

Complaints to the BBC

The BBC have confirmed that Kelvin will be partnered with Oti Mabuse following Jamie’s withdrawal.

What do you think of the latest addition? You can let me know in the comments or over on Facebook or Twitter

I’ll be opening a poll in the morning so you can vote on your favourite couples so watch out for that. Poll is now open below!

Post Launch Show - Which Couples Are Your Favourites? (choose as many as you like)

  • Emma B and Anton (13%, 611 Votes)
  • Alex and Neil (12%, 559 Votes)
  • Karim and Amy (10%, 495 Votes)
  • Catherine and Johannes (10%, 475 Votes)
  • Dev and Dianne (8%, 410 Votes)
  • Kelvin and Oti (8%, 380 Votes)
  • Viscountess Emma and Aljaž (7%, 334 Votes)
  • Chris and Karen (7%, 323 Votes)
  • Michelle and Giovanni (6%, 296 Votes)
  • Saffron and AJ (6%, 281 Votes)
  • Will and Janette (5%, 230 Votes)
  • Mike and Katya (3%, 149 Votes)
  • Anneka and Kevin (2%, 117 Votes)
  • David and Nadiya (2%, 89 Votes)
  • James and Luba (2%, 75 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,550

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