Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Brendan Cole says it could be anyone’s trophy!

by Anna Howell

With this year’s Strictly Come Dancing final only hours away, the competition is so close this year between Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh, actress Dani Harmer and presenter, Denise Van Outen, it is hard to guess just who will win it.

Even professional dancer, Brendan Cole, says that t just too close to call!

However, bookies have named their favourite to win, according to; Olympian Louis Smith is a firm favourite, with odds of 4/6 to take this year’s winning title.

Former favourite Denise Van Outen is now a rank outsider with odds of 24/1.

And Kimberley Walsh, who has stormed her way to the top of the leader board these past two weeks with two perfect 40 scores, is second favourite at 21/10, followed by Dani Harmer at 20/1.

Who do you think will be this year’s proud owner of the iconic glitterball, Brendan Cole doesn’t know, and has a rather cynical view of the matter, commenting:

“You could take your pick. Who knows? It’s not just about being a dancer,” he said.

And he may be right. Denise Van Outen has been steadily impressive throughout the series, and although not having obtained a perfect score like Kimberley, she has always remained at the top, or very close to it on the leader board, week in and week out.

However, despite this impressive record, she and her professional dance partner, James Jordan, have still found themselves in the bottom two twice, avoiding being sent home after being saved by a unanimous judge’s ruling both times.

So, with no Judge’s influence on the scores, or outcome, it is looking likely that Denise will find herself in the fourth place position, meaning that she will only dance two of the three dances in tonight’s final.

Kimberley has also been in the bottom two, but only once and since then has gone on to wow judges and audiences alive with her stunning Charleston and Salsa dances which gained her a perfect 40 each time.

Dani and Louis have both never been in the dance off, showing how much support they have from the voting public, meaning that, as the bookies odds suggest, they are the two most likely to get through to the final part of the competition, and more than likely it will be one of these two who is crowned this year’s winner!

Watch Kimberley & Pasha’s perfect performance from last week in the clip below:

Strictly Come Dancing returns for this year’s Grand Final tonight at 6.30, with the results show scheduled to air at 8.50pm on BBC1/BBC1 HD.