Danny Mac bookies’ favourite to win tonight’s Strictly final

Former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac is the bookies' favourite to lift the Glitterball trophy after tonight's Strictly final.

Actor Danny Mac is the favourite to be crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion after tonight’s final.

The ex-Hollyoaks star and partner Oti Mabuse will compete against former pop star Louise Redknapp and BBC presenter Ore Oduba in a bid to take home the Glitterball trophy.

Bookies’ Coral have Danny odds-on favourite at 8-11 just ahead of Louise who is priced at 13-8. Ore – who topped the leaderboard last week – is at 7-1.

Each duo will perform three separate routines in the finale which marks the last time head judge Len Goodman watches over the dance floor.

Ore and partner Joanne Clifton teased that their show dance, set to Jodi Benson’s I Got Rhythm, will include “massive props”.

Joanne said the routine – which gives the dancers and celebrity partners free rein over content – will look to highlight Ore’s skill of characterising “Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire”.

The professional dancer will be hoping to beat her brother Kevin Clifton, who is partnered with Louise.

Kevin, the older sibling, has reached the final four times but never won and was mocked by his sister after he said he found the show dance “the most difficult to choreograph”.

He said their show dance – set to One Moment In Time by Whitney Houston – will be “based on Louise”.

“The best thing for me to do is to go towards Louise and her story on Strictly and how she has developed from the beginning to the end,” Kevin added.

The three couples will also dance their favourite routine and a judges’ choice which is to be revealed during the final.

Danny and Oti will perform their samba, which scored 40 points in week 10. The routine, set to Magalenha by Sergio Mendes, was the first ever samba to be given full marks in the show’s history.

An average of 11.3 million viewers have tuned in to BBC One’s flagship entertainment show on Saturday nights – the highest figure ever recorded, according to figures compiled by the Press Association.

The Strictly final is on BBC1 tonight at 6:40pm

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