Twelve celebrities from all walks of life remain in the running to win this year’s Strictly Come Dancing title, and former Hollyoaks star Danny Mac has waltzed his way into the favourite spot early on.
Paddy Power provides markets on who’s set to top the 2016 edition of the BBC dance-a-thon, and What Are The Odds has broken down who looks likely to contend for the title among the last dirty dozen.
Mac and his partner, Oti Mabuse, have won attention early on in the competition and are priced at 6/4 (2.50) to top the bunch, although the former soap and West End actor is by far the most favoured male contender to do well.
That’s because presenter Louise Redknapp and Olympic gymnast Claudia Fragapane swiftly follow Mac at odds of 7/2 (4.50) and 9/2 (5.50), respectively, meaning the girls may yet tighten their grip on the odds if they can produce a few good weeks on the judges’ scorecards.
Fragapane isn’t the only Olympian present, either, as long jumper Greg Rutherford trails Mac as the second-most favoured male contestant at 8/1 (9.00). It’s a steep fall from there in the men’s category, though, as “Judge” Robert Rinder looks half as likely as Rutherford to challenge for the throne, priced at 16/1 (17.0), while former Labour politician Ed Balls is a massive 100/1 (101.0).
BBC Sport presenter Ore Oduba sits not far behind Rutherford at odds of 10/1 (11.0) as things stand, just ahead of fashion model Daisy Lowe, listed at 14/1 (15.0), and presenter Laura Whitmore, who looks a little less likely to emerge triumphant at 25/1 (26.0).
Battle of the Sexes
Punters can also jump on Paddy Power’s Top Male or Top Female markets, with Redknapp and Fragapane currently 5/4 (2.25) joint-favourites to top the women’s order come the end of the 2016 Strictly ball.
Things aren’t quite so evenly split in the male category, where Mac is a short 1/2 (1.50) to come the highest of any male contestant, with Rutherford trailing as a much more distant 4/1 (5.00) pick in that regard.
Songstress Anastacia is better known for her vocals, so it’s little surprise to see her touted as a near-impossibility to finish highest of any woman, priced at 30/1 (31.0) to achieve just that, level alongside journalist Naga Munchetty and actress Lesley Joseph.