Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Louis Smith ignoring 'favourite' tag

Louis Smith (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing star Louis Smith has said he's not letting the pressure of being favourite get to him.

The Olympian has been tipped by the bookies to win the show already, before any of the celebs have begun dancing.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph however, Louis said; "I don’t feel like the favourite."

He explained: "I’m learning the cha-cha-cha at the moment and it’s really hard work because it’s so quick. I haven’t quite nailed the routine; it’s not really my dancing skill set – I don’t think they’re ever going to need the moonwalk or body-popping."

Louis, who is partnered with Flavia Cacace, on Strictly, has been installed as the favourite to make the final all the way in December.

Meanwhile one Strictly Come Dancing 2012 fan is so confident about Denise Van Outen winning, that they’ve placed a whopping £5,000 bet on her with bookies William Hill.

“Louis is riding the Olympic wave but Denise will probably start as the best dancer and you can see why these two are attracting the big bets,” said Hill’s spokesman Rupert Adams.

Others tipped to do well in the competition include Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh, Westlife singer Nicky Byrne and Olympian Victoria Pendleton.

However at the other end of the scale, former kids telly presenter Johnny Ball and Daybreak’s showbiz host Richard Arnold have been tipped to become the first eliminees of the new series.

The Strictly Come Dancing 2012 live shows start this Friday on BBC One, and continue on Saturday.

Fortunately for the celebs, there will be no elimination this Sunday, with their scores being carried over to the second week.

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