Reid 'favourite to win Strictly'

Herald Series: Bets are flooding in for BBC broadcaster Susanna Reid to lift the Strictly Come Dancing crown.
Bets are flooding in for BBC broadcaster Susanna Reid to lift the Strictly Come Dancing crown.

Susanna Reid has become the new favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing after a flood of votes, according to bookmaker William Hill.

The BBC Breakfast host has edged ahead of Natalie Gumede who has led the field from the start, with the firm slashing Reid's odds and putting her at 13/8 to win.

The rush to place money on Reid - one of five celebrities still left in the contest - comes despite her being at the bottom of the leader board after last week's performances.

"Almost 90% of bets placed in the last 24 hours have been for Susanna. Our customers are backing her as if she cannot lose," said Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

Former Coronation Street actress Gumede is now second favourite at 5/2, with Patrick Robinson predicted to be the next star to leave the show at the semi-final stage.

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