Statistically Come Dancing: Blackpool will be a critical week

Will Ben, Sophie and Ashley create ballroom magic and turn themselves into real contenders? Can Patrick, Susanna or Abbey topple Natalie at the top of the leaderboard? Our stats experts look over the numbers

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Week seven must have been one of the most fascinating so far this series for Strictly fans.

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In terms of the scores it was a critical week for all of the celebs as they hoped to step-ball-change their way to Blackpool.

The male celebrities at the top of the leaderboard are now in two camps. Ashley and Patrick are consistently scoring higher than Ben and Mark. But while Ashley has scored well since the second week of the show, it’s only in the past few weeks that he has been able to hit these heights.

Patrick’s scores have seriously shot up since his recovery from a wrist injury – week seven saw him at the top of the leaderboard after receiving the first 10 for a male celebrity. Ben is the only remaining celeb who started off at the bottom and is still in the show. But the massive improvement in his scores has been erratic and week seven saw them fall after his “paso doble with swag” the week before.

While sadly Natalie was unable to dance, her absence at the top of the leaderboard made it easier to see who else among the women could be a contender. Unlike the men, all of the female celebrities improved on their scores. Abbey has impressed the judges since her elegant tango in week four. While Susanna’s scores improved week by week – bringing her equal with Abbey in joint second place on the leaderboard – Sophie’s scores fell. But in week seven she recovered from her joint-lowest score of the series with the help of that haughty Argentine tango and great choreography from Brendan.

So, Blackpool is going to be very, very exciting – Strictly fascinating, with a thousand rhinestones. Will Ben, Sophie and Ashley create ballroom magic and turn themselves into real contenders? Can Patrick, Susanna or Abbey topple Natalie at the top of the leaderboard? Only a lush sprung floor, a looming tower and a fiendish fleckle-or-three will tell – bring it on!


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