Updated Updated: August 29, 2019

Betting on Dancing on ice

Dancing On Ice has become one of the
biggest staples of the reality game show genre and has become a major source of
revenue for ITV. Millions are guaranteed to tune in for the duration of each
series in order to find out which of a selection of celebrities will win the
competition. For the uninitiated, the way in which the show works is quite
straightforward: each week the competitors perform a figure skating routine along
with their partner (who is a professional skater) and are then awarded a score
by a panel of expert judges.

The duo with the lowest score is
eliminated and the others progress to the next round. Interspersed with the
actual competition, is footage of the stars in training, documenting their ups
and downs as they attempt to perfect their performances. In simple terms, think
of it as essentially being Strictly Come Dancing but on ice. Needless to say,
with so many viewers watching and the tournament-like structure of the show,
there is a fair amount of uncertainty and excitement surrounding the eventual
outcome, much like traditional sporting events. But it may surprise some people
to learn that you can actually bet on the outcome and potentially win big.

 

When Does The New Edition Start?

Dancing On Ice has enjoyed a huge amount
of popularity over the years, making its renewal for consecutive seasons
almost inevitable. ITV has always looked to launch the New Year with a new
season of Dancing On Ice, partly because it fits with the mood of the winter
season, but also because it’s a great opportunity to cross-promote other
upcoming shows on their network by having some of the stars take part. If past
trends are anything to go by, the next series should start in the first week of
January 2020.

In terms of the celebrities who will be
taking part, nothing has yet been confirmed for the upcoming season, though
there are some educated guesses that can be made about who will be making an
appearance. For instance, we are always guaranteed to have some sports
personalities in the mix, usually who have recently retired and started working
as television pundits or similar roles. It wouldn’t be unexpected to see an
Olympic medalist is 2020’s lineup.

There are also likely to be some reality
stars (contestants from the massively popular ITV show Love Island have featured
in the past two seasons). This is partially because of their wide appeal, but
also because they can serve to promote other ITV shows whilst they feature on
Dancing On Ice, improving audience numbers elsewhere on the network as well.
Reality stars tend to be younger than the other contestants, so are more
physically adaptable to the demands of the competition and will usually last
beyond the first few episodes.

And as always, the professional skaters who
form half of each duo will be coming back as well in order to train and mentor
the celebrities throughout the series. However, a couple will always drop out
or be replaced with new skaters, so it’s hard to tell exactly who will be
reprising their role on the show next season.

 

How To Bet On Dancing On Ice

Like many other contests, it’s possible
to bet on the results of Dancing On Ice. This is most easily done by visiting a
bookmakers website (such as Bet365, William Hill or Betfair etc), where the
odds of each candidate winning will be updated regularly for customers to place
their bets. Alternatively, wagers can be placed in person at a betting shop.
This is good for people who may wish to construct more complex bets that aren’t
available via the websites themselves.

Interestingly, the Dancing On Ice 2019 betting
odds were quite varied, with many contestants rising and falling as
favourites throughout
the course of the show. This can be based on things such as the way their
training progress is portrayed on-screen and also how they performed in the
previous week’s contest. The most lucrative bets obviously come later in the
season, as the potential performance gaps between the competitors widen and the
odds become more pronounced as a result. Though this does mean that weaker
competitors will have to be luckier and luckier in order to progress to the
final round and ensure that the gambler takes home a pot of winnings. However,
as previous seasons have shown, unexpected contestants can sometimes prevail,
meaning that betting on a surprise winner early on can also yield massive
rewards.

Previous winners of recent seasons
include Beth Tweddle (Olympic gymnast), Ray Quinn (singer) and Jake Quickenden
(reality TV star). Generally, the quality of each week’s performance is down to
how well the celebrity and their professional partner can work together on the
night and whilst in training, as well as their athletic ability. Although
people in better shape will have a distinct advantage, it is by no means a
guarantee that the professional athletes will secure the top position.

 

Tips And Strategies

Betting on athletes is a good idea to
find a winner, especially if they have dancing or skating experience. For
example, James Jordan won the 2018 series of Dancing On Ice, putting his
massive amount of training and experience as a professional ballroom dancer to
good work in each successive performance. Interestingly, sportspeople such as
Ryan Sidebottom and Perry Shakes-Drayton (cricketer and Olympian respectively)
have not done so well, although unlikely skater Max Evans (rugby player)
managed a podium finish in the 2018 season. This means that customers should be
careful not to blindly commit to investing in someone just because they have an
athletic background and should instead carefully consider their strengths and
weaknesses.

 

There are a lot of unlikely candidates
that could make it through to the next round contrary to all expectations,
allowing savvy gamblers to hedge their bets. It should be kept in mind that
many of the celebrities involved have had quite varied careers, meaning that
prior experience with competitive sports or even prior basic training in
something like ballet can give them an edge over other competitors who may struggle
to meet the standards of fitness and confidence required to place highly week
after week. A basic look over each star’s career history should yield some
illuminating information when it comes to their capabilities or limitations. Doing
proper research before placing a bet will more often than not pay dividends.

 

Their professional figure skating
partners will also have an effect on their likelihood to succeed (some haven’t
made it too far in the past or have tended to be disqualified in the later
rounds). For example, Daniel Whiston has skated to take top place in three previous
series of the show, making him a strong candidate if his partner is decently
skilled. Similarly, Vanessa Bauer has performed well since joining the show in
Series 10, attaining both a win and second place. Personality can be just as
much an asset or detriment as raw ability though, as they will have to take an
active role in training their partner to perform even the most basic of
routines. In order to maximize their chances of choosing a winner, gamblers
should analyze the capabilities and record both the celebrity competitor and
their professional partner, as the right combination of skill and athletic
ability will often lead to a victory.

Gamblers should remember that in some
situations, it’s a good idea to have set up an accumulator bet in order to
maximize the potential winnings. It is usually wisest to choose to do this on a
week-by-week basis to take advantage of changes in the balance between the
teams. For example, if there is a couple that is blatantly flagging behind the
pack and is almost certainly going to be disqualified due to better
competition, injury, or poor past performance, then a gambler can bet against
them whilst also betting on the success of the favourites.

This leads to greater rewards if both
wagers succeed. But accumulators also come with an attendant level of risk due
to the fact that if just one component bet loses, then all the winnings will be
lost. Readers should use their own judgement before investing heavily in this
type of bet, as it can quickly go awry due to unexpected results.

 

FAQ

Is it legal to bet on TV shows?

Yes, theoretically there are no
restrictions on what can be wagered upon. Dancing On Ice is no exception to
this and many firms offer odds on the outcome of the show. All the large
gambling websites and bookmaker’s shops will be regulated by the UK Gambling
Commission in order to stay in business.

When will we hear the line-up for the next season of Dancing On Ice?

The contestants are usually officially
announced by late November. This allows ITV to build hype for the series and
make sure that they get a decently sized audience for the first episode.
However, by keeping an eye on the newspapers and gossip sites, you might be
able to determine who will be appearing ahead of the announcement. Some
celebrities may let the secret slip long before the official announcement
comes.

Are there any restrictions on the type of custom bets I can place?

Whilst, in theory, any and all wagers are
on the table, some companies may judge certain bets to be in poor taste and
decline them on moral grounds (typically relating to injury or other
unfortunate circumstances). The best option is for gamblers to call around and
try and get confirmation from a few bookmakers before committing. This will
also enable the customer to get the best odds possible.

 

 

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