Statistically Come Dancing: Can anyone beat Natalie Gumede?

Ashley Taylor Dawson, Ben Cohen and Patrick Robinson are fighting it out for the male top spot, but can Abbey Clancey, Susanna Reid and Sophie Ellis Bextor keep up with the Corrie star?


The horror most Strictly Come Dancing fans experienced after the Dracula-spectacular halloween shows was that Abbey Clancy ended up in the dance-off, despite being joint second on the leaderboard with her ghostly rumba.


Since her lowest score in week three for her jive, Abbey had scored highly – and of all the celebs has the largest following on Twitter. So it was bewildering why the audience of around 11 million people didn’t vote for her. Did they just assume she was so good, there was no danger?

The show saw all the celebs try to up their game with the Blackpool Tower Ballroom in their sights.

Natalie and Ashley are the two who have mastered both the Latin and ballroom and consistently receive high scores. But while Ashley has been one of the top-scoring men in the competition so far, Patrick’s brilliant quickstep and cha-cha-cha in week four saw him beat Ashley on the leaderboard.

Natalie has remained near the top of the leaderboard since the beginning of the series, but she moved into another gear when she received the first 10s of the series for her gorgeous lady-of-the-lake Viennese waltz.

Among the other male celebrity contenders, Ben Cohen has improved the most since the start of the show. He bettered his quickstep and earned a score of 32 on Halloween night. Only one point separated the best male celebs this week, and if Patrick recovers from his injury, it promises to be a real tussle among the top-scoring men.

Sophie’s scores have gone down in the past few weeks and she received the same marks for her vampirish jive as she did for her waltz in week one. Susanna’s scores have noticeably risen and fallen since the show started, while Abbey’s have been improving since a disappointing jive in week three.

Can Natalie be beaten? Can Sophie come back from the undead? Can Abbey and Susanna show that bit of Arthurian magic that Natalie captured? Watch this space!