Team GB gymnast Claudia Fragapane is the early favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing 2016.
The Strictly Come Dancing line up has been revealed and already there is a clear favourite to triumph.
British gymnast Claudia is swapping the balance beams of Rio for the Blackpool dancefloor and has emerged as the early 9/4 favourite for the Glitterball trophy.
Former Hollyoaks hunk Danny Mac joins popstar Will Young next in the betting as 4/1 shots to wow the crowd with their moves.
Irish presenter Laura Whitmore, formerly of I’m A Celeb Get Me Outta Here Now!, has been a fan of the show for many years and is fulfilling her dream of taking part this season. The Bray native is priced at 7/1 to become the first Irish celeb to win the show.
Another Olympic athlete taking to the dancefloor is Greg Rutherford, who won a bronze medal in the men’s long jump in Rio. He is on offer at 8/1 to add Strictly Come Dancing to his accolades.
Former Eternal band member and wife to Jamie Redknapp, Louise Redknapp is amongst the line-up and goes into the betting at 12/1. Model Daisy Lowe is next in the betting at 14/1 with former Xtra Factor presenter Melvin Odoom, BBC Sport presenter Ore Oduba, and singer Anastacia all installed at 20/1.
Finishing up the line-up are Eastenders star Tameka Empson (25/1), BBC newsreader Naga Munchetty (25/1), politician Ed Balls (50/1), TV personality Judge Rinder (50/1), and Birds of a Feather actress Lesley Joseph (50/1).
Aoife Heffron from bookies BoyleSports commented today: “Gymnast Claudia Fragapane may not have walked away from the 2016 Rio Olympics with a medal, but she is currently tipped to walk away from Strictly with the trophy as she went straight in as the 9/4 favourite.”
She added: “Already the Irish are behind Laura Whitmore to take the Glitterball trophy home to Ireland for the first time ever. At 7/1 she has Will Young, Danny Mac and Claudia Fragapane to contend with, but we suspect, being a fan of the show, she has some tricks up her sleeve.”
Strictly Come Dancing 2016 starts Saturday, September 3.