Odds slashed on Ed Balls waltzing to Strictly win

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The move from political backroom to pirouettes in the ballroom is a difficult one, but former MP Ed Balls could complete that transition in style, with his odds of Strictly Come Dancing glory cut from 50/1 to 20/1.

Gangnam Style-dancing Balls has seen his odds of Strictly victory tumble in the week following Donald Trump’s US Election victory.

That means Balls, who also entered his race as a 150/1 no-hoper is no longer the biggest outsider left in the running.

Olympic Long Jump ace Greg Rutherford has seen his price jump out from 20s to 25/1, with Robert Rined next after Balls at 14/1.

At the top of the betting it remains former Hollyoaks hunk Danny Mac (11/10) and Louise Redknapp (5/2) in first and second position.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “Punters sense another political earthquake is on the cards as an outsider who entered the race as a novelty act at long odds makes serious headway.”

“Balls is moving off the foot of the betting table and should he get past Blackpool, we have to consider him a likely candidate to deliver another 2016 upset.”

So, will it be Ed Balls’ day once again when the finale rolls around on December 11?

Ladbrokes Latest Odds:

Strictly Come Dancing winner

Danny Mac – 11/10

Louise Redknapp – 5/2

Claudia Fragapane – 7/1

Ore Oduba – 8/1

Robert Rinder – 14/1

Ed Balls – 20/1

Greg Rutherford – 25/1

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

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.