The Strictly Come Dancing favorite has odds against them (Photo: BBC/PA)

Bobby Brazier suffered a setback just days before the Strictly Come Dancing final.

The EastEnders actor was a strong favorite even before the 2023 cast performed their first performance, which isn't something he felt entirely comfortable commenting on: “We haven't even started yet” when asked about it on This Morning.

It's a good thing he didn't let it go to his head, because now his chances have changed drastically.

Alongside partner Dianne Buswell, he has attended the ball twice – most recently in Saturday's semi-finals against Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe – and has now been considered the least likely of the final three couples to win by the bookmakers.

According to Ladbrokes, he currently has odds of 12/1 to lift the glitterball trophy, while his competitors Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola are favorites at 1/9.

Layton Williams, 29, and Nikita Kuzmin, 26, who are the only couple to score a perfect 40 on the dance floor, are the second favorites at 8/1.

Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell on Strictly Come Dancing.

Bobby and Dianne attended the dance twice (Photo: BBC/Guy Levy)

Bobby, 20, will try to change his fortunes by channeling his inner Ryan Gosling with a Showdance to the La La Land soundtrack. He will also bring back his Romeo and Juliet-themed Samba, and her tribute to her late mother, Jade Goody, played Maxwell's This Woman's Work for a second performance.

Despite a strong dance schedule, Ladbrokes' Alex Apati said: 'Anything other than an Ellie Leach win next weekend would be a complete miracle as far as the odds are concerned.'

“We’ll probably look at this series and say that Bobby peaked too early in the competition. Leading from the start and going all the way is something only a handful of stars have been able to do over the years…it looks like Bobby’s race has already been run,” he said.

Bobby was named favorite to win the series at 7/2 and continued to lead the betting – for a brief period he was joined by Nigel Harman and Katya Jones at the head of the betting. The pair were forced to withdraw from the competition due to injury. At his peak, Bobby was just 7/4 to win the series, but things changed in week seven when he dropped to fifth in the league table.

Alex added: 'Ellie, on the other hand, peaked at the right time and, along with a potential love story, fans and punters are convinced this year's Glitterball Trophy is named after her.'

Dianne Buswell and Bobby Brazier on Strictly It Takes Two

Dianne is proud of Bobby (Photo: BBC)

Whatever the outcome – one thing is for sure, Bobby can be proud to have made it to the final week of the series.

One person who is very pleased with his efforts is partner Dianne, 34, who praised him in a recent Instagram post.

She wrote: “Looking back, I couldn’t be more proud of all the dances we performed! You all see the glitz and glamor of the polished Saturday night performance, but what you don't see and what is actually my favorite part of it all is seeing the fights on Monday.

“It just shows me that with hard work, perseverance and determination ANYTHING can be possible,” she concluded.

Ellie, 22, and Vito, 31, look particularly strong for the final show on Saturday as they have never faced a dance.

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola

Ellie and Vito never faced a dance (Photo: PA)
Layton and Nikita scored two perfect 40s (Photo: PA)

This puts them in good company as 75% of previous show winners also never had to perform on the Sunday results show to save themselves. In fact, for the last six series, every winning couple has been part of this elusive narrative of no dancing for the winners.

Joe McFadden and Katya Jones, Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton, Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse, Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni Pernice, as well as Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystał together kept the streak going and Ellie and Vito hope to continue. .

To borrow an expression from The Hunger Games – Strictly finalists, may the odds be in your favor.

The Strictly Come Dancing final airs on Saturday at 7pm on BBC One

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