Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Chelsee Healey backing Denise Van Outen and Louis Smith

Chelsee Healey (Strictly Come Dancing 2011)

Former Strictly Come Dancing star Chelsee Healey has revealed she's Denise Van Outen and Louis Smith to win this year's show.

Chelsee, who finished as runner up on last year's show, told DigitalSpy this month that she also expected Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer to do well in the competition.

"This year I'm thinking Denise Van Outen will be brilliant, I think Louis, because he's a bit of a cutie," Chelsee said at the TV Choice awards last week.

She continued: "I think the girl who plays Tracy Beaker - she done Let's Dance for Sport Relief so I think she's gonna be absolutely fabulous."

Chelsee was partnered with Pasha Kovalev last year, and admitted she wasn't sure if she could tune to watch him dancing with Kimberley Walsh!

She told the website: "I'm just gutted that I'm not in it.

"I said I don't think I'll be able to watch, but I can't not watch."

She added: "I always get emotional when I watch Strictly. It was such a magical experience and I'll never forget it."

Meanwhile it's been revealed that Olympic gymnast Louis Smith has emerged as bookmakers’ new favourite, stealing the top spot from pre-show favourite Denise Van Outen.

According to leading online betting comparison site, Smith, who had odds as long as 6/1 pre launch show, is now as short as 5/2 to win the glitterball trophy, with over a quarter of all bets currently being placed on the Olympic silver medallist to win.

Despite being fourth favourite at 15/2, fellow Olympian Victoria Pendleton is the second most popular ‘to win’ bet on the Oddschecker site, with 20% of bets placed on the Olympic Champion.

At the other end of the Strictly Come Dancing leader board , supermodel and actress Jerry Hall, has seen her odds lengthen from 33/1 pre-show, to as long as 80/1, since being paired with Anton Du Beke.

The bookies seem undecided on Strictly’s oldest ever participant, 74-year-old Johnny Ball, with odds for the children’s TV presenter to win ranging from 33/1 to 70/1

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