Natalie Gumede is the bookies favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing

Natalie Gumede with her dance partner Artem Chigvinstev
Natalie Gumede with her dance partner Artem Chigvinstev

Ahead of the third live show of the series this coming weekend, Coronation Street star Natalie Gumede is the bookmaker’s favourite to win the 2013 Strictly Come Dancing competition.

Number one independent odds comparison site easyodds.com can reveal that Natalie is the 9/4 front runner following two weeks of impressive dance performances with partner XX. Having been favourite going into the weekend’s second show, the soap actress has maintained that position and is setting the standard for all others to follow.

Natalie’s biggest rivals for the crown at this early stage appear to be singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, who wowed judges at the weekend and has seen her odds for glory shorten from 11/1 pre show to now just 11/4, and model Abbey Clancy who is available at 5/1.

With the three women heading the betting, it’s little surprise that the easyodds.com Winning Gender market sees the females at 5/6 with the males languishing behind at a best price 3/1. Soap actor Ashley Taylor Dawson is the best priced male in the competition at 6/1.

Best price latest odds for the favourites to win Strictly Come Dancing 2013 courtesty of easyodds.com:

Natalie Gumede - 9/4

Sophie Ellis-Bextor - 11/4

Abbey Clancy - 5/1

Ashley Taylor Dawson - 6/1

Susanna Reid - 8/1

For full betting market visit: http://www.easyodds.com/sports-betting/tv-and-awards-betting/reality-tv/strictly-come-dancing/outright/outright-winner.html