Politics Showbusiness By Rupert Adams

Bookies Fear BBC Plot To Get Balls Booted Off

The decision by the producers of Strictly to add in a ‘Cha Cha Challenge’ has thrown a spanner in the works for Ed Balls backers (7/1 to win)  and the tide has turned as punters lump on his elimination at 6/4.

“Before the BBC announced the ‘Cha Cha Challenge’  just 12% of bets were for Ed Balls to get the boot this weekend,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.  “That figure has risen to almost 40%, it looks like the producers want to see the back of Balls.”

Honey G – X Factor

The call for Honey G to get the boot from the X Factor is gaining momentum with William Hill odds on at 4/7 that she goes.

“It looks like punters have had enough of Honey G and they appear confident that she will get the boot on Sunday,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

X Factor next elimination: 4/7 Honey G; 3/1 Saara Aaalto; 5/1 Emily Middlemas; 10/1 5 After Midnight; 50/1 Matt Terry

Strictly Come Dancing elimination: 6/4 Ed Balls; 7/4 Robert Rinder; 9/2 Claudia Fragapane; 6/1 Ore Oduba; 20/1 Louise Redknapp