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Stuart Dalgleish 29th Oct 2012 - 16:04

Are BBC lining up Anton to replace Brucie?

William Hill have slashed the price of Anton du Beke being named as the permanent replacement for Bruce Forsyth, from 16/1 to 3/1 after rumours suggested that he is considered to be an obvious replacement.

Anton is now second favourite behind Vernon Kay at 2/1, but ahead of John Barrowman at 4/1 and Graham Norton 10/1.

"Recently Anton has had a succession of partners who were obviously not genuine contenders, which some believe is an attempt by producers to make him a personality rather than a dancer," said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

William Hill Next Permanent Replacement For Bruce Forsyth: 5/2 Vernon Kay, 3/1 Anton du Beke, 4/1 John Barrowman, 10/1 Graham Norton, 12/1 Chris Hollins, 12/1 Claudia Winkelman, 16/1 John Sargeant, 16/1 Sir Terry Wogan, 20/1 Brendan Cole, 20/1 Matt Dawson, 20/1 Phillip Schofield, 20/1 Ronnie Corbett, 25/1 Des O'Connor, 33/1 Darren Gough, 33/1 Fearne Cotton

William Hill Strictly Come Dancing: 5/4 Louis Smith, 3/1 Denise van Outen, 4/1 Kimberley Walsh, 8/1 Lisa Riley, 14/1 Victoria Pendleton, 16/1 Dani Harmer, 28/1 Nicky Byrne, 33/1 Colin Salmon, 50/1 Michael Vaughan 100/1 Fern Britton, 100/1 Richard Arnold

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