Strictly Come Dancing 2014 tipped to beat X Factor in tonight's ratings battle

Pixie Lott

Strictly Come Dancing is being tipped to triumph in the ratings war against The X Factor this evening.

It's another face off between the two programmes with Strictly's first live show facing off against the first episode of X Factor's bootcamp.

And the BBC is expected to come out on top in the war of the ratings on Friday night according to the latest odds from Ladbrokes.

As the the celebrities get ready to hit the Strictly dancefloor for the first time the bookies reckon Pixie Lott and co. will trump Simon Cowell and his new Friday night X Factor slot as the odds-on 4/6 favourites to pull in the most peak viewers, leaving the ITV show as the 11/10 outsider.

Pixie and Thom currently share favouritism to be crowned as this year's Strictly champion at odds of 7/2, followed closely by Frankie (4/1) and Simon (6/1). Unfortunately for Gregg it looks like he won't be the master of the ballroom as the early 2/1 jolly to leave the show first.

Paul Akister (9/2) leads the X Factor betting with Jay James (5/1) and Lola Saunders (5/1) occupying second spot.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "It looks like two's company, three's a crowd and the extra night of X Factor on Friday is going to struggle to steal the ratings crown away from Strictly's series opener."

Striclty and X Factor air tonight from 9PM on BBC One and ITV respectively.

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