Strictly ‘curse’ of coming first in Blackpool
Contestants might want to avoid doing well in the Tower Ballroom.
Topping the leaderboard at Blackpool is not a good omen for becoming Strictly Come Dancing champion.
There has been only one occasion when the person finishing first in the Tower Ballroom has gone on to win the series: Jill Halfpenny in 2004.
History suggests the ideal place to finish is third or fourth.
Three Strictly champions came third at Blackpool: Chris Hollins (who won the series in 2009), Kara Tointon (2010) and Abbey Clancy (2013).
Two other champions managed just fourth place: Jay McGuiness in 2015 and Joe McFadden in 2017.
Ore Oduba is the only person to finish second at Blackpool and then go on to win the series, in 2016.
Coming first at Blackpool doesn’t even guarantee you will make it to the final.
This happened to Ali Bastian, who topped the leaderboard in the Tower Ballroom in 2009 – with 10s from all four judges – only to get knocked out in the semi-finals a few weeks later.
Pixie Lott came joint first at Blackpool in 2014, then got eliminated in the quarter-finals.