Louis Set For Crown - Is Anton Being Lined Up As Brucie Replacement
Bookies William Hill make Louis Smith their red hot 4/6 favourite to win Strictly with Kimberley the only obvious challenger at 13/8. The big surprise in the last 48 hours has been a surge in support for Anton du Beke to be named as the replacement for Bruce Forsyth, he is now the 13/8 favourite ahead of Vernon Kay at 9/4.
"Other than Brendan, Anton is the only dancer to have appeared in all the series and there is a theory that he has been given a succession of terrible partners so people focus more on his personality than his dancing!" said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
William Hill Strictly Come Dancing 2012: 4/6 Louis Smith, 13/8 Kimberley Walsh, 12/1 Dani Harmer, 16/1 Denise van Outen
Bruce Forsyth Permanent Replacement: 13/8 Anton du Beke, 9/4 Vernon Kay, 9/2 John Barrowman, 9/1 Gethin Jones, 10/1 Graham Norton, 12/1 Chris Hollins, 12/1 Claudia Winkelman, 16/1 John Sargeant, 20/1 Matt Dawson, 20/1 Phillip Schofield, 20/1 Sir Terry Wogan, 28/1 Brendan Cole, 33/1 Darren Gough