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Strictly Come Dancing: Dance partners and favourites to win after star-studded launch

Monday 10th September 2018

We're only one episode in and there’s already been a change in the bookmakers’ predictions for who will win Strictly Come Dancing following the celebrities' first dance.

Vick Hope impressed so much her odds of winning the BBC dancing show have been cut to 3/1 (from 4/1) after she was paired with new professional Graziano Di Prima on Saturday’s opening night.

The Capital FM DJ has joined Ashley Roberts as the joint favourite, with Red Dwarf’s Danny John-Jules and Stacey Dooley both next at 8/1 in the betting.

“It looks a match made in heaven, particularly with Graziano’s stellar professional record, and we’ve seen a flurry of bets on Vick going on to lift the Glitterball Trophy from this series of Strictly,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

Meanwhile TV presenter Susannah Constantine is now 100/1 (from 40/1) after being paired with Strictly stalwart Anton du Beke.

“They look sure to have some fun along the way but unfortunately at the moment we’re giving Susannah and Anton almost no chance of winning, and the first dance could be a painful one to watch,” added Aitkenhead.

Here is the full list of dancing partners:

  • Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse
  • Charles Venn and Karen Clifton
  • Seann Walsh and Katya Jones
  • Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev
  • Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton
  • Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard
  • Katie Piper and Gorka Marquez
  • Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell
  • Danny John-Jules and Amy Dowden
  • Dr Ranj Singh and Janette Manrara
  • Lee Ryan and Nadiya Bychkova
  • Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice
  • Susannah Constantine and Anton du Beke
  • Vick Hope and Graziano Di Prima
  • Kate Silverton and Aljaž Škorjanec
Strictly Come Dancing winner odds

The opening episode of 16th series attracted an average audience of 8.1 million (40.9% share). It peaked at 8.5 million viewers, making it the most watched show of the day across all channels.

The ratings are down on last year's launch when it drew an average of 8.8 million viewers and peaked at 9.5 million viewers.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday on BBC One.

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