The big news has come that Dame Darcy Bussell has confirmed she is leaving Strictly Come Dancing.
There has now been a seat spare on the four-seat panel since 2017 when Shirley Ballas replaced Len Goodman as head coach.
Bussell replaced Alesha Dixon on the show in 2012, but she has confirmed that 2018 was her final year.
Now the race is on to secure the seat to appear alongside Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli, with Alfonso Ribeiro the early favourite at 6/1.
The American actor is famed for his portrayal of Carlton in Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and he featured in the show last year when filling in for Bruno, and he also has experience from the American version of the show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ which he won in 2014.
Also at the top of the betting is former Strictly professional Ian Waite, who is a presenter on ‘It Takes Two’ which is the spin-off show showed on BBC 2 during the running of the show.
There are also a number of current Strictly professionals who are being linked in the shape of Anton Du Beke and Oti Mabuse, whilst former stars Bendan Cole, Joanne Clifton and Ola Jordan are also reported to be in contention along with Julianne Hough – who is a two-time Dancing with the Stars champion.
OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton commented: “We are already looking at betting for who will win Strictly, but now the market on who is going to replace Darcey Bussell is very much the main talking point.
“Afonso Ribeiro – or Carlton as we all know him – is the early favourite after his appearance on the showw in 2018 and he was really good. Ian Waite is fancied too, although money is coming for Anton Du Beke and there is nobody with a bigger fan base than him, but the public love him dancing so the shows producers might be loathed to lose him from the dancing line-up.”
Alfonso Ribeiro 6/1
Ian Waite 8/1
Anton du Beke 10/1
Julianne Hough 10/1
Brendan Cole 12/1
Oti Mabuse 12/1
Joanne Clifton 14/1
Ola Jordan 16/1
Pasha Kovalev 16/1
Alesha Dixon 25/1
*Odds correct at time of writing
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