Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Greg Wise dealt crushing blow hours before live show
Strictly: Greg Wise claims Karen 'bit' him in rehearsals
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The celebrities will take to the dancefloor on Saturday night for the first time as they make their debut on Strictly Come Dancing 2021. McFly singer Tom Fletcher, former soap star Nina Wadia and Loose Women panellist Judi Love will perform with their dance partners in a bid to impress the judges with their first routine. There will be no elimination during Saturday night’s BBC programme, however, according to bookmakers Gambling.com they have already predicted who could be the first star to go – and the odds seem to be against actor Greg Wise.
Greg, who is married to actress Emma Thompson, will be competing with professional dancer, Karen Hauer.
However, according to the bookies, the 55-year-old is tipped to be the first celebrity to be eliminated from the competition.
EastEnders’ actress Rose Ayling-Ellis is also the bookmaker’s favourite to win the series.
Speaking about the latest odds, Gambling.com spokesperson Darren Hughes said: “While Rose Ayling-Ellis is the current bookies’ favourite to win this year’s competition, there’s also plenty of speculation as to who the first celebrity to get their marching orders will be.”
He explained: “Greg Wise the current favourite to be first eliminated at odds of 11/4.
“The legendary actor isn’t fancied by punters to translate his silver screen skills to the ballroom and think he may be the first one to hang up his sequins.”
According to Gambling.com, Ugo Monye is the second favourite to be booted from the show.
Loose Women’s Judi and Sara Davies are close behind the rugby player with odds of 9/2 and 11/2 at being tipped for an early exit.
EastEnders’ star Rose may be the favourite to win the competition, but CBBC’s Rhys Stephenson is not far behind her with odds of 7/1.
Discussing Rose and Rhys’ odds, Darren added: “Strictly’s opening night is all about finding one’s feet, and punters have certainly decided who they fancy to find theirs and have sent EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis’ odds tumbling as a result.
“Ayling-Ellis is now the 7/2 favourite for this year’s show, having been 5/1 on Friday before the curtain-raiser, as early chemistry between herself and dance partner Giovanni was evident to fans.
“The Manchester-born actress is the first deaf contestant in the show’s history, and early indications are that punters expect her to go all the way.”
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He continued: “Elsewhere, CBBC’s Rhys Stephenson was also popular amongst punters, with his odds collapsing from 13/2 to just 4/1 ahead of the first live show.
While ex-McFly frontman Tom Fletcher has seen his odds go the opposite way and is now 7/1 from 5/1 on Friday.
Ahead of the first live show, Greg spoke with Express and other media about taking part in the BBC series and how he was excited to put his best foot forward.
He also explained that he spoke with former Strictly winner Bill Bailey about how to stamp out the competition.
He said: “It’s all about challenge and living slightly out of your comfort zone. I’m the oldest one here, I’m the grandad, so I’ve got to try and slightly emulate Mr Bailey.
“Bill is a charm, when I was first asked to do it I contacted him and he said ‘it’s a lot of work’.
“‘You have got to look after your feet’. I’m interested in working hard and trying something completely new.
“And seeing if this body will be able to do what is asked of it. Bill was very useful.”
Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.
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