Strictly Come Dancing 2012 Results: Denise Van Outen overtakes Louis Smith as favourite to win!

by Lisa McGarry

William Hill have made Denise van Outen their new favourite at 11/10 to win Strictly Come Dancing after she topped the leaderboard once again last night.

On the eighth live show of the series, Denise and her professional partner James Jordan danced the American Smooth to the Eva Cassidy version of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ and won rave reviews from the panel.

They scored 37, after Darcey Bussell praised the ‘graceful and musical’ performance and said it was ‘a pleasure to watch.’ Len Goodman thought it was ‘effortless’, Bruno Tonioli thought it was ‘perfection’, and Craig Revel Horwood thought the mum of one was just ‘perfect’.

It’s the third week running that the blonde beauty has topped the leaderboard and as a result, she has become the bookies favourite to win, ahead of former front runner Louis Smith.

Last night Louis and Flavia were dancing the Paso Doble to ‘Dirty Diana’ by Michael Jackson but once again their score was less than impressive and they pulled in an underwhelming 27 after Darcey said he lacked attitude, Len Goodman said it needed more thunder and lightning and Craig said he won’t improve until he “gives himself up” to the dance.

As such, Smith is now the 15/8 second favourite to win next month.

“The odds suggest that Strictly is a two horse race, Denise has surged to the front but Louis might have something in reserve!” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

Dani Harmer has been named the ‘dark horse’ (or pony) of the competition and is catching up on the two leaders with both she and Kimberley Walsh in joint third place with odds of 8/1. The lovely Lisa Riley is right behind with odds of 14/1.

What did you think of Strictly Come Dancing last night and who are you backing to win? Leave your comments below..

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!