Smart money on boyband star Dayl
Former boyband singers are always guaranteed support from a loyal fan base when they pop up in entertainment shows on TV.
So it was no surprise that bookies Paddy Power played safe and installed ex-HomeTown star Dayl Cronin as favourite when it opened the betting on the likely winner of RTÉ's 'Dancing with the Stars'.
It was proven right after last Sunday's opening show. Installed at 5-2 favourite, Dayl has been heavily backed and is now on offer at 13-8. Another big gamble emerged as Kerry football supporters turned to one of their heroes Aidan O'Mahony to bring silverware to the Kingdom. His odds were slashed from 16-1 to 6-1.
In contrast, viewers did not see the funny side of comedian Des Bishop's performance and he has been friendless in the market, easing out from 4-1 to 7-1. Despite drifting from 33-1 to 50-1, 'The Sunday Game' host Des Cahill may be the 'dark horse' in the race, though that might be due to the colour of his mane rather than his dancing skills.
"It's early days but if money talks, it's telling us that Dayl Cronin is in with a great chance of winning the series. Most of the money so far has been for the male contestants but we expect that to change on Sunday when the ladies take to the floor," Paddy Power spokesman, Féilim 'Twinkle Toes' Mac An Iomaire, said.
'Red Rock' actress Denise McCormack is the most fancied female at 3-1, but reporter Teresa Mannion is expected to come into her own and looks good value at 33-1.