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Nic Ladds 27th Aug 2009 - 21:10

Strictly Come Dancing breakdown of the boys

Strictly Come Dancing returns to our screens on Friday 18 September and in what some may deem a "girl" pastime, people may change their mind when they see the manliest of men Joe Calzaghe leads the betting at odds of 4/1.

The men took this last year with Casualty actor Tom Chambers taking the prize despite the general consensus being that he was not as good as runner up Rachel Stevens but that shows you cannot underestimate the power of the public vote.

The male field is made of perceive television hunks, sportsman, soap star nobody's and one reality TV veteran who is likely to have the charisma to "Tuff" it out until the end.

Still not sure who? Read below for a breakdown of the male runners.

The boys:

Joe Calzaghe, odds 4/1 - he may be the early favourite but it is unlikely ballroom dancing is going to be Joe's bag. Despite being a sensational boxer, he comes across as too shy to have quite the same effect on reality TV. Will get the housewives vote for looking like the mighty Zeus, but is more likely to dance worse than Stavros Flatley.

Richard Dunwoody, odds 25/1 - bound to be a serious try-hard who will train harder and longer than everyone else. This will be to no avail though as his lack of charisma and likely wooden dancing will have him riding off in to the sunset within the first few weeks.

Ricky Groves, odds 33/1 - plays hapless Gary in Eastenders and as his odds suggest, his dancing is likely to be just as hapless. May provide a few comedy moments with his "Jack the lad" persona but they will not get him far and early elimination beckons.

Chris Hollins, odds 16/1 - looks one of the most likeable candidates and his experience TV presenting combined with his "cheeky chappy" personality could have him surprise a few people in how far he gets - one to watch.

Craig Kelly, odds 16/1 - Coronation Street actor who will be a virtual unknown to everyone bar die-hard Corrie fans. Younger fans may be interested to know he narrates Channel 4's Shipwrecked but with likely poor dancing skills, he will be walking the plank within the first four weeks.

Phil Tufnell, odds 8/1 - Veteran of the reality TV circuit having already been crowned King of the jungle in I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. The audience will undoubtedly love him, and he will only have to crack one joke to have them eating out of his palm. A cert to get to the final few weeks regardless of his dancing and will only be continued damnation by the judges that stops him.

Ricky Whittle, odds 6/1 - Hollyoaks heartthrob who definitely has a big chance of winning this if he can dance half decently. May well turn out to be a big lump on the dance floor but charisma and looks bound to keep him in for a while as the uglier chaff around him get voted off.

Rav Wilding, odds 8/1 - Crimewatch presenter who will rival Ricky Whittle as the best eye-candy for the Lambrini brigade. Safe to assume he has some personality from his background as a children's TV presenter and providing he's not totally wooden should be there or there abouts in the final weeks.

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