Paralympian Ellie Simmonds is making West Midlands proud with her flair and moves at Strictly Come Dancing 2022.
The gold-medal winning swimmer from Aldridge teamed up with Nikita Kuzmin - a professional dancer and choreographer from Ukraine, and the duo are setting the stage on fire.
Ellie Simmonds has a 10% probability or a 9/1 odds of winning - making her the fifth favourite - after just three weeks, as per bookmakers’ estimates.
While Ellie and Nikita had a good start, they received much higher points in week two, which dipped slightly in week three. The show runs for 13 weeks which gives contestants enough time to make up for faltering in initial weeks.
Before the show started, the multi-award winning swimmer said she was “petrified.” She had said: “I’m going on Strictly Come Dancing!! I’m a tad nervous too, well more than a tad… I’m absolutely petrified! To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.”
However, she is not the only one from West Midlands who was on the show. Though, BBC presentor - Richie Anderson - became the second celeb eliminated from the show. Richie, from Smethwick, had described the experience as a “dream come true.”
How fans reacted to Ellie Simmonds in Week 3
Fans have reacted positively to Ellie Simmonds so far and many are hoping she would win, and some even appreciated her appearance at the National TV awards.
Who is the top favourite to win the show?
While Ellie is fifth most likely to win, based on the odds so far, actor Will Mellor is the hot favourite. He is followed by Tyler West, Helen Skelton and Molly Rainford.
Among women, Helen Skelton is the favourite to win the contest. And the most unlikely odds are in favour of Tony Adams - who has been finishing bottom of the leaderboard in each week so far.
He is currently the 9th favourite out of the 13 remaining dancers - with odds of 40/1 to lift the Glitterball trophy.
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