Belfast Telegraph

Wright favourite for Strictly chop

Mark Wright is the odds-on favourite to exit Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday night after he finished bottom of the leaderboard in this week's quarter-finals.

Bookmakers Coral have made former Towie star Mark the 8/15 favourite to leave the show.

Saturday's scores were tight after the couples' first dances, with Mark and his partner Karen Hauer one of three pairings who were awarded 35 points out of 40.

But the leaderboard was shaken up by the newly introduced Waltz-a-Thon, where all six couples danced at once to score extra points. Coming top gave an extra six points, while the pair in bottom place were given just one point.

Mark and Karen came fifth in the Waltz-a-Thon, pushing them to the bottom of the table.

Meanwhile, Caroline Flack and her partner Pasha Kovalev, who came fourth in the group round, finished the show in top position, after receiving three tens for their Argentine Tango.

Judge Bruno Tonioli told Caroline: "If you were a violin you would be a Stradivarius."

He added: "Those lifts are probably the best I have seen this season."

Len Goodman said: "Flack's got the knack when it comes to the tango."

But head judge Len said he would be more strict from next week and cracking down on so-called illegal lifts after Pixie Lott performed three in her Cha Cha Cha.

He said: "I've been a little bit lenient during the course of this season regarding lifts, because for me, early on, you know, you're struggling.

"People of your standard and people that we've got now in this quarter-final - well, I'm going to leave it this week. Next week, if I see lifts I will penalise you. You did three tonight in a dance when you actually shouldn't have done one."

Coral say Pixie is favourite to win the competition at 9-4, closely followed by Frankie Bridge at 3-1.


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