Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas says winner ‘will be a complete surprise’

Joe Sugg and Stacey Dooley are currently the favourites to lift Strictly’s coveted glitterball trophy, but there is a surprise coming for the bookies, according to judge Shirley Ballas.

Speaking to the BBC’s One Show, the 58-year-old Queen of Latin hinted at an upset in the show’s grand finale, although she stopped short of naming the celebrity that she believed would actually walk away with the trophy.

She said: “I think it’s a really level playing field.”

Presenter Angela Scanlon urged Shirley to commit to a prediction of the winner, but all she would say was “I do feel it might be an unexpected result, so that much I’ll give you.”

Strictly Come Dancing's Shirley Ballas says winner 'will be a complete surprise'

Shirley refused to be drawn on her own tip for the winner
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Shirley continued: “I think everyone is fabulous and everybody’s bringing their best.

“At the end of the day, you’ve got to vote – vote for your favourites.

“Don’t go having a go at me when they go home!”

Strictly Come Dancing's Shirley Ballas says winner 'will be a complete surprise'

Stacey Dooley and partner Kevin Clifton are the bookies’ second-favourite to win
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Does Shirley’s cryptic hint mean that she’s backing Faye Tozer, Charles Venn or Ashley Roberts for the ultimate victory?

Or is she just trying to keep things interesting for viewers by trying to introduce an element of doubt about the eventual result?

Some of the speculation about the winner stems from factors a million miles away from the dancefloor.

Joe Sugg’s thirteen million followers across Instagram and YouTube are seen as a powerful asset that will see him coast through any public vote.

Strictly Come Dancing's Shirley Ballas says winner 'will be a complete surprise'

Joe Sugg’s colossal social media following is seen as his secret weapon in any public vote
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This week, the 27-year-old YouTuber will be attempting a dizzyingly complex Street/Commercial routine to House of Pain’s 1992 hooligan hip-hop hit Jump Around.

At the other end of the scale, bookmakers’ odds point to cricketer, Graeme Swann being the most likely contender for elimination this weekend.

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