Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Nicky Byrne is TellyMix readers' favourite

Nicky Byrne (Strictly Come Dancing 2012)

Nicky Byrne has knocked Louis Smith off the top spot in our weekly Strictly Come Dancing popularity poll.

The Olympian had been top of our poll for the past five weeks, but the Westlife star has overtaken him ahead of tonight's latest live show.

This week has seen quite a few changes, as the remaining seven stars prepare for their latest dance.

Louis is now in second place with Dani Harmer a very close third, just one vote behind.

The so called "dark pony" of the competition was in danger of elimination in the first few weeks, but is now vying for the top spot and could even be a surprise champion in this month's final.

Looking to tomorrow night's elimination and Michael Vaughan and even Denise Van Outen could all be in the danger zone based on the public votes.

Of course, if they get the high scores they could avoid the dance off, so tonight the pressure will be on for them to impress.

Bookies meanwhile are confident that Denise will be able to make the final, even if thanks to her high marks from the judges.

Dani's dramatic improvements have made her a 10/1 lively outsider - Kimberley Walsh is 9/1. Lisa Riley surprised a lot of people early on and is 14/1 to win it with Nicky Byrne (28/1) and Michael Vaughan (40/1) propping up the rest.

“The problem Louis Smith may have is that although he is good, he hasn’t really improved. Whereas Denise & Dani are just getting better and better,” said William Hill spokesman Mark Young.

Be sure to check back after tonight's show for our new poll, but for now, vote for you favourite below...

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This week Strictly Come Dancing is on Saturday 1st December at 6.50pm with the results show on Sunday 2nd December at 7.20pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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