Harry Judd was the initial favourite to win 2011 Strictly Come Dancing before the celebrities had placed a foot on the dancefloor, although an impressive performance from Jason Donovan last week means it’s the Australian who is market leader going into this weekend’s action.
Donovan is partnered with Kristina Rihanoff and should go a long way in this contest, with Ladbrokes (£50 free bets) offering 7/4 that the former Neighbours actor goes all the way. The pair were top scorers in Week 1 with 32 after dancing the Cha Cha Cha although it is still very early days.
Judd is still considered as a viable winner by the bookmakers after a respectable total of 28 for his Cha Cha Cha and the McFly drummer is sure to get lots of votes from the female TV audience that watch the show. He’s currently on offer at 3/1 with Paddy Power (£100 free betting).
The other celebrity trading at single figure odds is the beautiful Holly Valance, who has decided to give Strictly a whirl after years in the wilderness following her Neighbours career and a couple of pop songs. As you might expect, the girl can move and she is an 11/2 chance to win the glitter ball.
There were a clutch of similar scores during Week 1 and that included Anita Dobson (28), Chelsee Healey (27) and Rory Bremner (27). Bremner is in safe hands with partner Erin Boag and he could develop a cult following which could make a mockery of the 66/1 on offer.
However, it is Dobson that is expected to have more Strictly longevity and the bookies go 10/1 about the former Eastenders actress, with Healey the next best at 16/1.
Then we have the popular Next Elimination market and it appears that three celebrities will be battling it out to survive in the competition according to the latest odds.
Nancy Dell’Olio was very ropey in her first week and managed a meagre score of 12 which suggests that she will be in the bottom two. The Italian can be backed at 7/4 to be dismissed this weekend, although perhaps boxer Audley Harrison will be knocked out instead.
While the BBC have highlighted Harrison’s Olympic gold as the reason behind the Brit’s fame, the sporting world generally regard him as a fighter who failed to make an impact at heavyweight level and talked up his chances against David Haye before being knocked out in round three.
Harrison is 5/2 to go first, with Edwina Currie the other act in danger after a poor effort with Vincent which saw her claim a score of just 17. The former politician is on offer at 7/2.