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