Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Strictly: Paul Daniels set to flop

Bookies think it will be magic if Paul Daniels survives the first round of Strictly Come Dancing judging

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 BBC1 ballroom show.

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

The seven remaining dancers will make their debuts on Saturday.

But the bookies do not expect Daniels 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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