Now Matt has been subject to the largest Dancing on Ice bet in history according to Ladbrokes.
After scoring a whopping 35.5 points in Sunday night’s show – the highest of the series so fa – the Eastenders actor once again closed in on favouritism, and his performance caught the eye of one punter in the capital who placed £5000 to win on him immediately after the judges’ scores were announced.
Beth maintains the top spot in the betting at even money, but Matt is jostling for contention at 6/5. Gareth Thomas is the most likely contestant to cause an upset at 10/1, but it’s hard to see Samia (25/1) or Luke (50/1) pulling it off.
Jess Bridge from Ladbrokes said: “The stature of this bet speaks volumes and after Matt’s performance on Sunday maybe we were too quick to write him off after finding himself in the bottom two a couple of weeks back.”
Next weekend’s seventh live show will see the remaining five skaters – Matt Lapinskas, Luke Campbell, Garteh Thomas, Beth Tweddle and Samia Ghadie – take on props week.
Browse pictures of tonight’s Dancing On Ice performances below…