Danny Mac is now the odds on favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing 2016

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Danny Mac has been installed as the odds-on favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing 2016.

The exit of Ed Balls from Strictly Come Dancing last night has been welcomed with open arms by bookies Ladbrokes.

The axing of the former Shadow Chancellor is something to please bookies all over the country, as the 100/1 rank outsider quickly became the nation's favourite this year, which slowly but surely saw his odds of winning tumble all the way into just 8/1.

After another perfect 40, and a Strictly first with full marks for a Samba, Danny's grip at the top of the market tightened to 4/5, however Louise Redknapp is still pressing just behind at 2/1.

Ore Oduba is rated as an 8/1 chance for glory heading into the quarter-finals, leaving Claudia Fragapane (12/1) and Judge Rinder (25/1) as the underdogs of the pack.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "Punters had backed Ed into favouritism to be axed this weekend, and they were on the money that the Cha Cha Challenge would be a dance too far for his skill set."

She added: "We've loved Ed defying the elimination odds week after week, but as the payout on him winning had reached well over £100,000, we won't be shedding too many tears seeing him leave."

Strictly Come Dancing winner 2016

Latest odds from Ladbrokes

Danny 4/5
Louise 2/1
Ore 8/1
Claudia 12/1
Judge Rinder 25/1

The remaining five couples will return to the dancefloor in a Musicals themed quarter final of the competition on Saturday 3rd December at 7PM.

Then on Sunday 4th December at 7.20pm on BBC One one more celebrity will leave the competition in the latest results show.

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