Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins Odds: Matt Hancock Drifts As He's Branded 'Weak'
Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins has earned a reputation over the first four series for putting stars through their paces in a brutal way, and the opening episode of the fifth series was no different.
Several celebrities have already drifted in price on UK betting sites after Tuesday night's episode, as the star recruits found it hard to adjust to the Channel 4 show.
The programme sees the celebrities put through the most gruelling stages of SAS selection in one of the most unforgiving jungles in the world, in Thung Ui, North Vietnam.
The course is run by a team of ex-Special Forces operators, Chief Instructor Billy Billingham and his team of Directing Staff (DS), Foxy (Jason Fox), Rudy Reyes and Chris Oliver, who didn't hold back in episode one.
The DS grilled the celebs, tested how they cope with height via the Trainasium - which is used to assess Parachute Regiment recruits' ability to overcome fear and follow orders at a considerable height - and had them punching each other in the head as aggressively as possible in a training activity known as Milling.
Perri's Price Cut As Matt Suffers Blow
Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock was second favourite to pass the selection course on new betting sites before the action got underway on Tuesday night.
But he has drifted to 5/1, from 4/1, and is now level in price with singer Michelle Heaton.
Matt failed the Trainasium, and in an interrogation by the Directing Staff, he was slammed for "weak leadership" during the Covid pandemic.
Later in the episode, Matt was forced to have a punch up with former Premier League footballer Jermaine Pennant, which the ex-Liverpool player won.
British Olympian Perri Shakes-Drayton remains the favourite to pass the show's selection course, and her odds have been cut from 3/1 to 2/1 after she showed no fear in the opening episode and completed the Trainasium.
She also defeated James 'Arg' Argent in the Milling task, but the former TOWIE star insisted he didn't feel he could inflict pain on Perri.
TV personality Danielle Lloyd is into 4/1 second favourite on new betting sites, from an ante-post price of 6/1, after impressing on Tuesday night.
Like Perri, Danielle also completed the Trainasium task, overcoming some fears along the way. She is now ahead of singer Gareth Gates (7/1) and TV Presenter Melinda Messenger (8/1) in the betting.
Comedian Zoe Lyons, who previously confessed she lost a few toenails during the series, is out to 14/1 from 12/1, while former Love Island star Teddy Soares (9/1) and fellow reality TV star Amber Turner (10/1) are ahead of her in the betting.
Arg Infuriates Fellow Recruits
Arg had an eventful episode for the wrong reasons, and he has paid the price on specials betting sites, massively drifting in price to 50/1 from 14/1.
After being reluctant to fight Perri because she is a woman, the DS declared her the winner of their Milling bout and he was branded "pathetic and weak".
Throughout the episode, Arg had issues putting on his belt and the other recruits were punished as a result.
They were instructed to do 30 burpees followed by 20 press ups after Arg couldn't get his act together, and back in their basic accommodation, some of his fellow stars ordered the ex-TOWIE man to "sort himself out".
In an interrogation with the DS, Arg was also told not to "play the fool" in the series because it would be the others who will suffer.
But Arg is one of a number of stars who are rumoured to have picked up injuries during the pre-recorded series.
Injuries Hamper Celebs On Brutal Series
There is also plenty of speculation that Hollyoaks actress Kirsty-Leigh Porter (20/1) was the first to go from the series, and she didn't appear much throughout the episode, supporting such claims.
Gareth Thomas, who won his Milling bout, is out to 20/1 on betting apps to pass the selection course, but he is also rumoured to have been discharged from the programme after incurring an injury.
Reality TV star Montana Brown (25/1), singer Siva Kaneswaran (33/1), ex-footballer Jermaine (33/1), and Paralympic gold medallist Jon-Allan Butterworth (33/1) are also outsiders to pass the course following speculation they were hurt during the brutal process.
The next Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins episode airs on Sunday, October 1.
* Reminder: These are hypothetical odds provided by industry experts.
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