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Charlotte’s odds cut for early Strictly exit

Ahead of this weekend’s opening show of the new series, Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins is the 3-1 favourite with bookmaker Coral to be the first celebrity eliminated from Strictly Come Dancing, having been a 16-1 outsider to go first a fortnight ago.  Chef Simon Rimmer is the 7-2 second favourite to go first, ahead of Susan Calman at 4-1.

“We didn’t think Charlotte would be at risk of an early exit when we opened betting on this a couple of weeks ago, and made her a 16-1 outsider to go first, but punters clearly think the Good Morning Britain presenter could be saying Goodbye Britain and she’s now clear favourite to get the boot first,” said Coral’s David Stevens.

At the other end of the betting, Aston Merrygold is Coral’s 3-1 favourite to lift the glitterball trophy, ahead of fellow popstar Mollie King at 4-1, while chef Simon Rimmer is 3-1 favourite to be the first contestant voted off the show.

Meanwhile, Bruno Tonioli is 6-4 favourite with Coral to be the first judge to award a perfect ten score in the new series, while Coral go 25-1 that a ten is given in week one, but just 5-1 that any celebrity falls over this week.

Coral are also odds-on, at 1-2, that next year’s Strictly Come Dancing will include a same-sex couple for the first time.

“The debate over same-sex couples taking part in Strictly has dominated the build-up to the new series, with judge Craig Revel Horwood saying it will probably happen next year, and our odds reflect that viewpoint; certainly it’s more likely to happen than not in 2018,” said Coral’s David Stevens.

**Strictly Come Dancing winner
3-1 Aston Merrygold, 4-1 Mollie King, 9-2 Alexandra Burke, 6-1 Gemma Atkinson, 10-1 Jonnie Peacock, Davood Ghadami, 16-1 Joe McFadden, 20-1 Debbie McGee, 25-1 Charlotte Hawkins, 33-1 Richard Coles, 50-1 Brian Conley, Chizzy Akudolu, Ruth Langsford, Susan Calman, 66-1 Simon Rimmer

**First elimination
3-1 Charlotte Hawkins, 7-2 Simon Rimmer, 4-1 Susan Calman, 6-1 Brian Conley, Chizzy Akudolu, 8-1 Richard Coles, 12-1 Ruth Langsford, 16-1 Debbie McGee, 20-1 Davood Ghadami, Joe McFadden, 33-1 Gemma Atkinson, 50-1 Alexandra Burke, Jonnie Peacock, 66-1 Mollie King, 100-1 Aston Merrygold,

**First judge to award a 10
6-4 Bruno, 7-4 Darcy, 4-1 Shirley, 6-1 Craig

**Week 1 specials
5-1 Any celebrity to fall over
5-1 Any couple to score 15 or less
25-1 Any judge to award a 10
100-1 Any couple to receive a perfect 40

ENDS

Further Information Contact
David Stevens 07720 400438