Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Anneka Rice dealt cruel blow one week before show launch

With Strictly Come Dancing’s launch date just around the corner there has been a lot of talk about who will take the Glitterball Trophy this year.

Although the contestant’s partners are yet to be revealed, fans are already placing their bets on which celebrity has what it takes to come out on top.

However, things aren’t looking good for award-winning broadcaster and presenter Anneka Rice, who was announced as the 15th celebrity to sign up to the dance show.

Recent figures show just five bets have been placed with Ladbrokes on Anneka Rice’s chances of winning BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing this year.

With the lack of backing for the star presenter to take the trophy, could Anneka be set for an early exit?

Anneka is currently the least popular bet out of this year’s line-up and odds of her winning are currently at 33/1.

The star seems to be falling behind fan-favourite and ex-footballer Alex Scott, who leads the way with Ladbrokes.

The betting firm revealed odds are at 5/1 for her to win.

Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “It looks safe to say punters think Strictly Come Dancing will challenge Anneka this year.

“Even gaffe-prone Mike is being backed to find unlikely success.”

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Fans of the show will know backing from the audience is essential for a win, with an audience vote determining who ends up in the dreaded dance off.

Moreover, some fans seem to be backing the star for an early exit after a poll conducted by revealed 18 percent believe Anneka will be the first to go.

Will fans change their minds and support Anneka when they see her perform?

The news Anneka would be appearing on the show was revealed on Steve Wright’s show on BBC Radio Two exactly a month before the show’s start date, and the star didn’t hold back on commenting on her lack of dance experience.

The presenter admitted she was “hopelessly uncoordinated” and quitted dance earlier on in her childhood.

She said: “I haven’t danced since I was seven and Miss Beer sent me home from my ballet class because I was hopelessly uncoordinated.

“My family and friends haven’t seen me dance since, not at a wedding or round a handbag so it’s going to be a challenge for my partner.

“In fact I’ve asked for two, one on each side. I can’t see myself in a long frilly dress either. But I’m feeling recklessly excited. Strictly has always been my autumn’s entertainment and now I’m part of it!

“My children will probably leave the country.”

Will Anneka’s lack of experience get the better of her, or will she take viewers by surprise and steal the show?

Strictly Come Dancing will be starting on BBC One on September 7.