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Monday 14th October 2019

Strictly Come Dancing: Former footballer Alex Scott already favourite to win

She's one to back

This year's series of Strictly Come Dancing isn't due to start for a few more weeks, but one of the 15 contestants is already standing out as the one to back.

With all of the celebs now named but their pro partners yet to be confirmed, ex footballer Alex Scott is a clear favourite to win the hit BBC dance competition.

Bookies are offering odds of just 5/1 on the former Arsenal right-back - who was announced for the show last week - lifting the coveted Glitterball trophy.

Alex Scott used to play for Arsenal (Credit: SplashNews.com)

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But she could face stiff competition from former Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley, who stands a very strong chance of winning with odds of 6/1.

The only other contestants with single-figure odds are CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual and YouTuber Saffron Barker, both at 8/1 on betting site Coral.

Behind Karim and Saffron are Jamie Laing, at 10/1; Chris Ramsay, with 12/1; Dev Griffin, 12/1; Emma Barton, 12/1; David James, 16/1; Emma Weymouth, 16/1; James Cracknell, 16/1; Michelle Visage, 20/1; Mike Bushell, 25/1; Will Bayley, 25/1; and Anneka Rice, 33/1.

According to Express, Coral spokesperson Harry Aitkenhead said: "It won't be long until Strictly is back on our screens and excitement is starting to build over the 17th series of the popular show.

"We make ex-England women's footballer Alex Scott the early favourite and we think she will have all the skills necessary to tackle the challenge and lift the Glitterball Trophy."

We make ex-England women's footballer Alex Scott the early favourite.

When her participation on Strictly was confirmed, Alex said in a statement to the BBC that she was "absolutely buzzing" to have signed up.

She gushed: "It's the show I've always wanted to do and I can't believe I'm finally going to be part of it. I'm super excited, but also terrified at the same time... The football pitch is a bit less glam than the ballroom, but I'm ready to try the sequins and dresses! Bring it on!"

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Former Treasure Hunt star Anneka Rice, who is most likely to be the first booted from the competition, was the 15th celeb confirmed for the line-up.

Speaking about the news on BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright In The Afternoon, she admitted she hasn't danced since she was little.

She told the host: "I haven't danced since I was seven and Miss Beer sent me home from my ballet class because I was hopelessly uncoordinated."

- Strictly Come Dancing is expected to start on BBC One next month

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