Judy Murray is the first to admit she has absolutely no dancing skills – no one’s surprised when she gets rock bottom scores and Tess Daly does her usual scramble for something positive to say before sending her on her merry way up the stairs.
So, with her incredibly awkward American Smoooth dressed as Cruella De Vil last week, the elephant in the ballroom every week is simple: Why the heck haven’t we seen her stumbling her way through a Strictly Come Dancing 2014 dance off yet, when people like Simon Webbe and Mark Wright have been?
Here are some of the reasons why Judy is going down well with the public, and why she could, maybe, just possibly, win the whole damn thing…
She’s having a LOL
No one can deny that Judy seems to be enjoying herself out on the dancefloor. Even if she has the hip action of an ironing board (that’s none, in case you’re wondering), chief evil judge Craig Revel Horwood himself said he enjoys watching her. Her partner Anton Du Beke – real name Anton Burke, amazing – seems to be having fun too. Can you imagine if she found herself with notorious Mr Nasty Brendan Cole? We’re not sure she’d make it out of the competition alive…
The Scotland Factor
As with rivals X Factor, regional loyalty can play it’s part on Strictly. Just like when Louis Walsh would ask everyone in say, Liverpool, to vote for a local act, it works the same in Scotland. How else can you explain Christopher Maloney doing so well two years ago?!
Her son being THE most famous British tennis player since… well, y’know, ever… will help. However, why has he not been down to the studio yet to support his mum, that’s what we want to know? Could he be a bit… embarrassed? SURELY NOT.
People like her
She’s very genuine and un-starry. Recently evicted Scott Mills said: “She comes across as a really warm person. She’s just giving it her best shot.” Having been 200-1 to win just a week ago, Judy is now 40-1 to take home the Strictly Come Dancing Glitterball Trophy. A spokesperson for Ladbrokes said: “We’re having kittens over the payout we’re going to face if Judy and Anton defy the odds and win Strictly.”
The John Sargeant/Ann Widdecombe Effect
Britain loves an underdog, and if we can shove it to those in charge of the big corporations, well THEN WE WILL THANK YOU VERY MUCH. The more the British public are told they can’t/shouldn’t do something, the more they will want to…
Judy for the win!
[Kara splits from Strictly love Artem - and reveals why]
[Evicted Lola Saunders doesn't think Cheryl mimed on X Factor]