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Charleston Charm to boost Layton Williams Strictly chances?

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Charleston Charm to boost Layton Williams Strictly chances?

As the dance floor heats up on Strictly Come Dancing ahead of this weekend’s semi-finals, research from William Hill Vegas has revealed a captivating trend that might just hold the key to success for this season’s contestants.

William Hill spokesperson, Lee Phelps:

“As the anticipation for Strictly Come Dancing’s semi-finals builds, a unique revelation from William Hill Vegas might just add an exciting twist to this season’s competition. Our research into the dance choices of recent semi-finals in the competition has unveiled that three out of the last five Strictly champions showcased their skills through a spirited Charleston routine during their semi-final performances, namely Hamza Yassin last year, Bill Bailey in series 18 and Stacey Dooley in series 16.”

An analysis of the dance choices in previous semi-finals over the past half-decade of the beloved BBC competition reveals a notable connection amongst the majority of them – the Charleston. In a surprising revelation, three out of the previous five Strictly champions performed a Charleston routine in their respective semi-final rounds, suggesting the South Carolinian dance could hold a glimmer of hope for Layton Williams ahead of this weekend.

The Charleston is renowned for its upbeat and lively nature, filled with energetic kicks and flicks, and has clearly become a lucky charm for those semi-finalists who decide to take on its technical precision and physical demands. The notable beneficiaries of the charm of the routine include last year’s winner Hamza Yassin, who scored 39 points alongside partner Jowita Przystał in his first dance of the semi-finals before going onto win the series.

Bill Bailey also grooved to the South Carolinian jig in the series 18 semi-finals – receiving 25 out of 30 points en route to lifting the 2020 Glitterball Trophy – while series 16 winner Stacey Dooley likewise performed the dance in her semi-final appearance.

The trend holds Layton Williams in good stead ahead of the upcoming semi-finals and grand final over the next fortnight. Layton scored the first Perfect 40 of the series last week yet remains a big 12/1 shot to win the show, with Ellie Leach the firm 1/5 favourite.

William Hill spokesperson, Lee Phelps:

“With this interesting trend in mind, Layton Williams – who secured the first Perfect 40 of the series last week – seems to be in a favourable position ahead of this weekend’s semi-finals. Despite being a big 12/1 outsider to lift the Glitterball Trophy this year, the Charleston could yet prove to be Layton’s winning ticket and provide one last twist to the series.”

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