Strictly week 3: Does Jay have one hand on the Glitterball trophy?

Well, well, well. Just three weeks into this year’s Strictly Come Dancing extravaganza and we already have a short-priced favourite.

He wowed us in week two and now singer Jay McGuiness is in danger of blowing the rest of the competition out of the water following another hugely impressive performance.

On the flip side, we’ve lost crocked boxer Anthony Ogogo and kept Ainsley Harriot. Make of that what you will.

Here’s our rundown of the big talking points…

Who can catch Jay in the race for the Glitterball trophy?

Jay can do no wrong at the moment and his John Travolta Jive to ‘Misirlou/You Never Can Tell’ was another powerful statement of intent.

From a technical point of view it had everything with even pantomime villain Craig Revel-Horwood a huge fan.

“A level of technique we have never seen ever. Ah-ma-zing!” was his response to the performance, one which secured the first 10 of the series.

And it’s fair to say the bookies are now running for cover with Jay the 11/10 hot favourite to triumph.

Talk of stormy outlook for Carol too premature

It’s been almost too easy to write-off weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood given her less than stellar start to the competition.

But while column inches were being filled with talk of a stormy outlook for Carol and dance partner Pasha, she’s hung on in there.

There are still plenty of other vulnerable contestants and the 53-year-old may avoid an early bath (shower) for a few weeks yet.

Ogogo was on a hiding to nothing

Did Anthony Ogogo believe that a stint on Strictly would aid his rehab from a shoulder injury?

Struggling from the off, the 26-year-old middleweight’s limp right arm was an all too apparent hindrance.

And the fact that he proved to be so leaden footed didn’t help matters either.

For a competition that’s seen sports stars dominate in the past, this has not been a vintage year for athletes.

First Iwan was axed and now Anthony has been joined him on the Strictly scrapheap.

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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.