The Strictly betting odds for 2018 have seen a major shift through contestant Susannah Constantine after the first live week of the programme. Her performance of a Samba during Saturday night’s show left her and partner Anton du Beke with just 12 points from the judges.
The 56 year old now sits at the bottom of the bookies’ list. She is a lengthy 250/1 with Betway to win the competition and is widely expected to be the first eliminated from the wildly popular dance competition. Her performance consolidated a bad week for the presenter as backlash continued over her love of hunting. Paddy Power’s ‘Next Elimination’ betting market lists her at 11/8 to go first.
Constantine’s outspoken advocacy for hunting means the Strictly Come Dancing judges are not the only ones who could help to decide her fate on the show. Producers may yet have their arms twisted by anti-hunting groups.
A controversial photo of Constantine’s daughter brandishing a dead duck in 2014 resurfaced online this week, stirring the pot even more among activists. Groups across the UK and Ireland have now amplified their call for the What Not to Wear host to be removed on the grounds that it is a family show.
Chris Luffingham, Director of Campaigns at the League Against Cruel Sports, told The Sun:
“If Susannah truly enjoys killing animals for fun, then she doesn’t belong on a family programme.”
It’s still early days, but the show has already managed to court controversy over the judges decisions in its first live week. Viewers were outraged with the scoring of Stacey Dooley, whose Quickstep with partner Kevin Clifton was met with great excitement from the live audience. The two secured a score of 24 from the judges.
The consensus among Twitter users was that Dooley should have scored higher in her first week. One user wrote “I demand a higher score than 24, that was such a hard dance for week 1 and Stacey smashed it!”.
YouTube Star Joe Sugg was also quick to impress with his debut - a jive to A-ha’s Take On Me - propelling him to 6/1 to win outright at the bookies. The ‘social media star’ had his celebrity status questioned prior to the show’s beginning but producers will remain hopeful of him bringing a younger audience to the table.
The most recent odds show the bookies to be split on both Ashley Roberts and Stacey Dooley, even though Steps singer Faye Tozer scored higher than the latter. The two are joint favourites to win the competition, with their strictly betting odds falling at a best price of 5/1 at Betfair, Ladbrokes and William Hill.
Here’s the current list of outright winner Strictly betting odds: