Is Melvin doomed to be the first Strictly elimination?

Melvin Odoom is being backed to be the first celebrity to waltz out of Strictly Come Dancing this weekend according to the latest odds. 

The radio and TV personality has seemingly struggled to win over fans and is now heavily fancied to leave the competition on Sunday evening at odds of 7/4, despite Ed Balls being chalked up as the odds-on favourite to go at 4/5.

It’s a 7/1 shot that Lesley Joseph is given her marching orders, and the same price is on offer than any other contest finds themselves as a shock evictee.

At the other end of the market Danny Mac remains the red-hot favourite for glory at 3/1, followed by Will Young and Louise Redknapp who are rated as 5/1 shots.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “It’s early days but it already looks like time’s ticking for Melvin. Ed might not be the most natural dancer to grace the Strictly ballroom floor, but as this year’s novelty act it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him upset the elimination odds for some time yet.”

Ladbrokes latest betting:

Strictly Come Dancing winner 2016

Danny Mac 3/1

Will Young 5/1

Louise Redknapp 5/1

Ore Oduba 8/1

Claudia Fragapane 9/1

Greg Rutherford 9/1

Robert Rinder 8/1

Daisy Lowe 14/1

Laura Whitmore 20/1

Naga Munchetty 25/1

Lesley Joseph 40/1

Anastasia Newkirk 50/1

Tameka Empson 66/1

Ed Balls 100/1

Melvin Odoom 100/1

First elimination

Ed Balls 4/5

Melvin Odoom 7/4

Lesley Joseph 7/1

Any other contestant 7/1

Click here for the latest Strictly Come Dancing odds.

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


William Geldart

Having graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Wales, Bangor, William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.