Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 7 May 2015

Daniels favourite for Strictly exit

Paul Daniels is the favourite to be the first contestant to be booted off Strictly Come Dancing
Paul Daniels is the favourite to be the first contestant to be booted off Strictly Come Dancing

Paul Daniels has been installed as favourite to be the first contestant to be kicked off Strictly Come Dancing, before the competition has even started.

The magician is expected to be among the seven dancers who will face the judges for the first time on Friday night's episode of the popular BBC One ballroom show.

Viewers have already seen the contestants in a group dance in a special introductory episode last month, but it will be the first time the judges give their verdicts.

The seven remaining dancers will make their debuts on Saturday night.

But the bookies do not expect Paul to impress. He is 7-2 favourite to be booted off, according to the website Betfair, ahead of former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton at 4-1.

Ex-EastEnders actress Kara Tointon is 9-2 favourite to win the title.

The 27-year-old has already won a Sport Relief version of the competition in 2008.

Viewers do not get the chance to vote until the show on October 9 when all 14 couples will dance and one will get the axe the next day.

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