Strictly: Peter Andre tops our week 1 talking points

We’re only one week into this year’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing but already it appears that the bar has been set pretty high with 90s pop icon Peter Andre particularly impressive.

He tops the leaderboard on 30 points following an eye-catching Cha Cha with partner Janette but he wasn’t the only one to impress.

Here’s our rundown of the top talking points, naturally accompanied by a smattering of odds.

Peter Andre heads the market but he’s got competition

The aforementioned Andre was always going to be a bit of a crowd favourite given the fact that his shiny bronzed chest lends itself to being squeezed into a sequinned outfit.

And it’s fair to say the former pop star turned reality celebrity and TV presenter didn’t disappoint.

He’s the early 15/8 favourite to claim the Glitterball trophy but Call the Midwife’s Helen George was another contestant who delivered.

She’s available at 5/1 while The Wanted’s Jay McGuinness is a shade longer at 6/1.

Were we expecting more from Kirsty Gallacher?

There’s no real logic behind this but should Sky Sports News presenter Kirsty Gallacher have pulled more out of the bag?

She certainly looked the part in a floor sweeping ball gown but her lacklustre Waltz with Brendan Cole has seen her priced up as a 20/1 outsider with 8/1 about her in the first elimination market.

The judges were fairly critical and we were left a little disappointed.

‘Dad dancing’ will see Jeremy Vine go far (ish)

Strictly has enjoyed its fair share of ‘comedy acts’ with the likes of John Sergeant, Ann Widdecombe and Russell Grant all going relatively deep into the competition in the past.

Could the BBC’s Jeremy Vine do the same?

His energetic and entertaining Cha Cha to Earth, Wind and Fire’s ‘September’ was the comedic interlude that every good series needs.

He’s 6/1 to be first out but market leaders Carol Kirkwood (9/4) and the wooden Iwan Thomas (7/2) look far better options.

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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.