Sunday 4 December 2016

Peter Andre emerges as favourite to win Strictly, while Daniel O'Donnell is unlikely contender for title

Published 27/09/2015 | 13:12

Peter Andre picked up most points with his cha cha cha in Strictly Come Dancing (PA/BBC)
Peter Andre picked up most points with his cha cha cha in Strictly Come Dancing (PA/BBC)
Peter Andre is competing in this year's Strictly Come Dancing
Kristina Rihanoff with Strictly Come Dancing partner, singer Daniel O'Donnell

Let the battle for the disco ball begin.

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After two nights of this year's Strictly Come dancing contestants on BBC, Peter Andre has emerged as the hot favourite to win the show, in spite of the fact that voting hasn't even been tallied yet.

BoyleSports have slashed Andre's odds as taking home the title to 2/1 with Helen George coming in as a close expected second at 5/1.

Actress Georgia May Foote and former The Wanted singer Jay McGuinness are tied at 7/1.

Peter Andre is competing in this year's Strictly Come Dancing
Peter Andre is competing in this year's Strictly Come Dancing

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But our Irish hope Daniel O'Donnell is considered the underdog of the competition, with his odds at 20/1 to win. The crooner has received rave reviews from viewers and critics alike, but Mysterious Girl singer Andre has long been considered the early favourite to win.

O'Donnell has been sharing behind the scenes snaps of his pre-Strictly routine, including posing with his proud wife Majella.

Daniel and his Strictly Come Dancing professional partner Kristina Rihanoff waltzed on Friday night to When Irish Eyes Are Smiling sung by the late Belfast star Ruby Murray.

Daniel O'Donnell and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff. Photo: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Daniel O'Donnell and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff. Photo: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

"I was showing Kristina some of the steps of a barn dance, so if I last long enough you might see some of that in the future dances on Strictly," said Daniel.

"I don't know if the judges will appreciate it, but we're definitely talking about slipping in some steps."

Daniel with Peter Andre and Carol Kirkwood
Daniel with Peter Andre and Carol Kirkwood

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