Jim Davidson emerges as a dark horse on Celebrity Big Brother

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Love him or hate him, it’s difficult to ignore the notion that Jim Davidson could be one to watch when it comes to picking the top male on the current series of Celebrity Big Brother.

Made In Chelsea star Ollie Locke is the current favourite to be the last man standing in the reality TV series, with Ladbrokes offering a price of 4/5 on the Londoner being named top male in the house.

But Davidson has quickly emerged as the main competition to his charge, with the comic on at 13/8 to be the last surviving boy in the competition.

Early last week such a shift would have been deemed unthinkable, particularly after Davidson locked horns with adversary Linda Nolan.

However events in the days following have seemingly played into the Big Break man’s hands, as Lee Ryan, Dappy and Lionel Blair set about denting their chances of success.

For Ryan, the ongoing love triangle/rat saga involving Casey Batchelor and Jasmine Waltz has seen the Blue singer slip to 14/1 to be top male.

Dappy has suffered a fall from grace after engaging in a heated debate with Luisa Zissman where his outspoken opinions on women were deemed sexist by the female members of the household and the N-Dubz rapper is now 6/1 to be the sole surviving man.

Blair, meanwhile, has been guilty of the cardinal sin witnessed frequently over the years on the series – being two-faced.

In this instance, Davidson has been the main target of the 82-year-old’s treachery, with the toe-tapping veteran aligning himself with the 90s entertainer, only to nominate the comedian on numerous occasions and speak with others of his dislike of the comic.

This conduct has seen the veteran priced at 14/1 to be the last male in the house, having previously been second favourite to Locke.

Davidson is up for eviction once again this week but remains a 25/1 outsider to leave having been the first of the five contestants up for the chop last week to be saved by the British public.

His apparent popularity with those in the outside world should see him safe again here, with Liz Jones the 1/2 favourite to go.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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