Reid and her partner Kevin registered scores of 38 and 32 last week although they avoided a bottom two finish as they have done throughout the series, with a recent news story suggesting that the BBC newsreader is a good deal more popular with viewers than her fellow contestants.
Bet365 free bet offer a best price 5/4 about the 43-year-old claiming the prized glitter ball, even though Abbey Clancy and Natalie Gumede both managed a combined score of 78 last weekend, with the latter getting a perfect 40 points for her Salsa to a Michael Jackson song.
Reid was a 16/1 chance to win Strictly when the competition started, although she appeals to both sexes, with men taking a shine to the mother-of-three while women are full of admiration for a full-time mum who reads the breakfast news and finds time to practice and produce fine dancing.
Gumede is probably the most talented dancer although she doesn’t appear to be particularly popular despite appearing on Coronation Street, with the actress now out to 9/1 on the outright market having previously been favourite to win.
Indeed, it appears that her and Artem are likely to be the first eliminated this weekend, with odds of 10/11 available about Natalie going next for what will be the first all-female final in Strictly Come Dancing history.
Abbey Clancy is as short as 9/4 to win the 2013 series and has markedly improved since the competition started, although Ladbrokes are prepared to quote 11/4 about the model winning Strictly, with football player husband Peter Crouch likely to be in the crowd supporting her.
Clancy scored 39 for both of her dances last week, with her Samba and American Smooth impressing the judges equally, while Sophie Ellis-Bextor wasn’t far behind with her performances along with Brendan Cole.
Ellis-Bextor topped the scoring charts in weeks 2 and 4 before her star began to wane, although he managed a combined score of 71 last week which was one better than Susanna and made sure she reached the final at the expense of Patrick.
She is arguably the second most popular candidate going into the final where we are likely to see the viewing public actually vote en masse, with odds of 7/2 that the “Murder on the Dancefloor” singer is the winner on the dance floor come the weekend.