Angela Rippon given huge boost to Strictly hopes despite dance-off as new data emerges hours before show

Angela Rippon given huge boost to Strictly hopes despite dance-off as new data emerges hours before show

WATCH NOW: Angela Rippon speaks out on 'upsetting' dance-off experience

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 11/11/2023

- 10:00

The 79-year-old had to perform for the judges again last week

Angela Rippon's chances of staying in Strictly Come Dancing have been given a huge boost despite facing the dance-off in Week Seven.

In Week Eight, she and Kai Widdrington have been tasked with a Paso Doble to the sound of Madonna smash Hung Up.

Rippon will be hoping to avoid landing in the bottom two again after describing the entire ordeal as "upsetting".

Her success in the dance-off even led to cruel "fix" claims from some Strictly fans - especially after Rippon was unveiled as one of the first three stars to have joined the Strictly Live Tour 2024.

But according to new data, Rippon should be safe from elimination and the dance-off entirely in Week Eight in what is a huge boost to the star.

Instead, it's Annabel Croft and Krishnan Guru-Murthy who look most likely to land in the dance-off despite neither having had to perform for a second time before.

Angela Rippon

Angela Rippon survived the dance-off at the expense of Adam Thomas

The data, provided to GB News by, suggests that despite her dance-off experience, Rippon will avoid the dreaded red light.

James Leyfield,'s Betting Expert, told GB News about the Week Eight odds: "A hat-trick of stars are triple-figure prices (to win), as they face a battle to make it to Blackpool.

"Krishnan Guru-Murthy is propping up the market on to win the show at 150/1, and he is also the 6/5 favourite to be eliminated next with the same bookmaker.

"Angela Rippon and Annabel Croft are both 100/1 with betting apps for Glitterball glory, but it looks more likely that one or even both could be in the dance-off."

He continued: "Rippon survived the dance-off last weekend, with Adam Thomas going instead, but she is third favourite to go next at 4/1.

"Tennis legend Annabel looks in need of an ace performance on Saturday night if she is to avoid a potential dance floor departure.

"However, Annabel, who is 15/8 with BoyleSports to be eliminated next, did wow the judges last weekend with a magnificent Couple's Choice performance.

"She was third on the leaderboard with 35 points out of a possible 40, and more of the same this Saturday night could book her place in Blackpool."

Annabel Croft

Annabel Croft is likely to land in the dance-off this week


Should the data prove correct, it would back up the predictions made by a number of the Strictly fandom prior to Week Eight's show.

Several think they've "worked out" that Guru-Murthy and Croft would face the dance-off due to the pair being given the same "cursed" routine.

The newsreader and former tennis pro have both been tasked with the Samba on Saturday evening, a routine many fans feel will prove tricky for the pair.

Whether Rippon will be able to survive and make it to Blackpool Week remains to be seen but the odds are certainly in her favour.

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