Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter is the bookmakers favourite to win the 2012 run of Dancing On Ice after the first show broadcast last night.
Only half the celebrity contestants skated last night with the other half taking to the ice for the first time next week. Jorgie scored the highest points from the panel of judges which cut her odds to 2.88 (Bet Victor) ahead of second favourite, Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden who will make his debut on next Sunday’s show.
Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere became the first contestant to be eliminated after losing the skate-off to Sugababe Heidi Range.
Here is how the rest of the contestants line up:
Emmerdale actor Matthew has previous skating experience and was the early bookmakers favourite before Sunday’s opening show. A good debut performance next week will see his odds shorten.
Best Odds: 4.0 (Betfred)
Britain’s leading skier, Chemmy suffered a horrific crash during training on the eve of the World Cup downhill race in 2010 which left her with a leg broken in two places. She took to the ice for the first time since the accident and won plenty of praise from the judging panel.
Best Odds: 7.0 (Betfred)
Actress and lads mag favourite Jennifer will be keen to show offer her new figure after shedding a ton of weight when she steps onto the ice for the first time next week. This will do nothing to boost sales of her new fitness DVD. Oh no.
Best Odds: 7.0 (bet365)
Best known for creating “freerunning” (me neither), Sebastien will make his Dancing on Ice debut next week. He is bound to have plenty of stamina and heads the “best of the rest” odds.
Best Odds: 15.0 (Bet Victor)
Actor Whyment, best known for his portrayal of dopey “Kirk Sutherland” in Coronation Street looks like a fast improving skater and could do well in the competition. However, he is unlikely to win.
Best Odds: 29.0 (Sky Bet)
Pop star Heidi found herself in the bottom two on the opening show which has seen her odds plummet. She needs to do a lot better during her next appearance if she is to stay in the competition.
Best Odds: 29.0 (Coral)
Former X Factor contestant Chico was announced as a last minute replacement for the injured Chesney Hawkes, a one-hit wonder from the 1980s. Cheesy Chico claims he will be “skating for Chesney” during his run in the show. Pass the sick bucket.
Best Odds: 29.0 (Betfred)
One half of forgettable television duo “Sam and Mark”, Nixon will skate for the first time next week. Hopefully he will give a better performance than his on-screen partner.
Best Odds: 41.0 (Bet Victor)
New judge Katarina Witt joked that Tilton “at 150 years old looked so comfortable on the ice”. The former Dallas actress got a respectable score but has a lot to do to have any chance of winning.
Best Odds: 51.0 (bet365)
Rosemary is the founder and president of Rosemary Conley Diet And Fitness Clubs, so no self-interest then in appearing on a primetime television show when the nation is trying to shift their post-Christmas flab. An outside bet.
Best Odds: 67.0 (Paddy Power)
Best known for his movie appearances during the 1980s, including Gremlins, The Goonies, Stand By Me and The Lost Boys. The token “former big movie star” entry into the competition (see also Michael Masden in Celebrity Big Brother).
Best Odds: 67.0 (Coral)
Famous in the UK for playing “Big Mo” in Eastenders and is the sister of Hollywood A-Lister Gary Oldman. You just know she’s going to be terrible on the ice and her odds reflect this sentiment.
Best Odds: 101.0 (bet365)
The other half of TV pair “Sam and Mark”. Gave a terrible performance on Sunday night and the voting public must have a sense of humour to keep him in ahead of the eliminated Andy Akinwolere. Rank outsider and bottom-two fodder.
Best Odds: 101.0 (Betfred)