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Odds slashed on Ed Balls waltzing to Strictly win

| 13.11.2016

The move from political backroom to pirouettes in the ballroom is a difficult one, but former MP Ed Balls could complete that transition in style, with his odds of Strictly Come Dancing glory cut from 50/1 to 20/1.

Gangnam Style-dancing Balls has seen his odds of Strictly victory tumble in the week following Donald Trump’s US Election victory.

That means Balls, who also entered his race as a 150/1 no-hoper is no longer the biggest outsider left in the running.

Olympic Long Jump ace Greg Rutherford has seen his price jump out from 20s to 25/1, with Robert Rined next after Balls at 14/1.

At the top of the betting it remains former Hollyoaks hunk Danny Mac (11/10) and Louise Redknapp (5/2) in first and second position.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “Punters sense another political earthquake is on the cards as an outsider who entered the race as a novelty act at long odds makes serious headway.”

“Balls is moving off the foot of the betting table and should he get past Blackpool, we have to consider him a likely candidate to deliver another 2016 upset.”

So, will it be Ed Balls’ day once again when the finale rolls around on December 11?

Ladbrokes Latest Odds:

Strictly Come Dancing winner

Danny Mac – 11/10

Louise Redknapp – 5/2

Claudia Fragapane – 7/1

Ore Oduba – 8/1

Robert Rinder – 14/1

Ed Balls – 20/1

Greg Rutherford – 25/1

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.