Strictly’s Bobby Brazier and Dianne tipped to win despite awkward confession

Fans and bookies have named Bobby Brazier their nailed-on favourite to win Strictly.

The EastEnders star, 20, is already topping the leaderboard for viewers after hitting the dancefloor for the first time on Saturday night.

A poll organised by the Strictly Spoiler found 17.5% were backing him to win the famous glitterball trophy, despite him admitting that he had never watched the show before, saying: "I’ve never watched the show, so I’ll be coming in fresh!"

He came miles ahead of second place Annabel Croft, 57, with 12%, while actor Layton Williams, 29, came in third with 11%.

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After the BBC1 launch show, one viewer wrote on social media: “Totally in love with Bobby Brazier! He’s such a lovely guy.”

He was equally popular with bookies Ladbrokes, who made him their 3-1 favourite after his pairing with Dianne Buswell, 34.

The One Show’s Angela Scalon, 39, came in second at 4-1, with 5-1 Layton in third place again.

But spokesman Alex Apati warned the front-runners were already facing competition from ex-Corrie star Ellie Leach, 22, who paired with Vito Coppola.

Viewers were treated to an epic routine from judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke.

Come Dancing icon Angela Rippon was paired with Kai Widdrington, while comic Les Dennis paired with Nancy Xu.

The 15 celebrity couples now have a week to prepare for the first live show.

Meanwhile, Bobby has been paired with Dianne Buswell, and has teased how excited he is for some "sexy" performances with the red-haired professional.

He also said that he was ‘over the moon’ with his pro and said he hoped to strike up a ‘beautiful relationship’ with them.

Fans will have to wait and see how well Bobby and Dianne will do.

Strictly returns next Saturday on BBC1.

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