Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Denise Van Outen early favourite

Strictly Come Dancing 2012

Denise Van Outen has become the early favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing 2012, before even the full line up has been confirmed.

There’s been plenty of rumours about which celebrities will join the line up, and this week has seen the first stars confirmed.

Beeb bosses have revealed that Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer, Daybreak presenter Richard Arnold and Westlife singer Nicky Byrne are all on the line up.

And today Kimberley Walsh became the latest star to be confirmed as one of this year's Strictly Come Dancing celebrities!

Other stars rumoured to be on the line up this year include Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley, Olympian Victoria Pendleton and telly presenter Fern Britton.

But it's heartthrob gymnast Louis Smith who is the second favourite behind Denise van Outen at 2/1 and ahead of Kimberley Walsh at 6/1.

Meanwhile at 14/1 fellow Olympic heroine Victoria Pendleton has to defy odds far longer on the dancefloor than she ever did in the velodrome in her quest for glory.

Jonny Ball (20/1), Fern Britton (25/1) and Sid Owen (also 25/1) are the outsiders at this stage.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: "We're mindful of how far a torso gets you in this show. Should Smith continue to ride the crest of the Olympic wave he should give van Outen a real run for her money."

The Strictly Come Dancing launch show will air Saturday from 6:30PM, where the celebrities will find out which dancers they’ve been partnered with.

They’ll then have three week's worth of training before the first live shows kick off on October 5.

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