Dancing on Ice 2019, week two starts tonight (Sunday, January 13) on ITV at 6pm. This week Wes Nelson, Melody Thornton, Ryan Sidebottom, Saira Khan, Brian McFadden and Richard Blackwood will take to the ice to impress judges Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Ashley Banjo and Jason Gardiner and the viewers at home. Express.co.uk spoke to the bookies to find out who is most likely to be eliminated from the competition first.
Who will leave first on Dancing on Ice 2019?
This year on Dancing on Ice, 12 stars will take to the ice over the coming weeks for the chance to be crowned the champion.
Last week James Jordan, Gemma Collins, Mark Little, Didi Conn, Saara Aalto and Jane Danson took to the ice for the first time.
At the moment former Strictly professional James Jordan is at the top of the leaderboard with a score of 30.5.
Neighbours actor Mark Little is currently at the bottom, with a score of 13.5.
However, all of this could change with the remaining six stars performing tonight.
The judges’ scores will then be combined with the public vote and the two acts will find themselves in the skate off.
Both acts will perform their routines again and the judges will vote for who they want to save.
If the judges cannot come to a unanimous decision, Olympic gold medal skaters, either Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will have the final say.
Torvill and Dean have been on the show since it first aired in 2006 and in 2018 were appointed as head judges.
At the moment, Mark Little is the favourite to go according to bookies across the board.
However, the odds may change after the remaining six stars have performed tonight.
Betfair’s Katie Baylis said: “Mark Little is the big 5/4 favourite to skate off into the sunset this weekend, with Saira Khan at 2/1 and Ryan Sidebottom at 3/1 also under threat according to punters.“
Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “Mark’s only hope seems to be that he’s got an extra week to prepare for his skate-off.
“He really struggled last weekend and is going to have to produce something special to avoid being the first person to leave the show, and our betting reflects that it would be something of a surprise if he can manage to do it.”
Coral has Mark to leave at odds of 8/13 followed by Saira at 2/1 and Ryan at 8/1.
Alex Apati from Ladbrokes said: “It looks as though it’ll be curtains for Mark this week with the rank outsider for the crown being the clear favourite for the boot.“
Ladbrokes has Mark at odds of 1/2 to leave the competition first, followed by Saira at 3/1 and Ryan at 6/1.
Who will win Dancing on Ice 2019?
Although it is very early on in the competition, that has not stopped people placing their bets on who will win the skating show.
After last week’s incredible performance, James is the current favourite to win the show at odds of 2/1 at Bet365, Skybet, Marathonbet, Coral and Paddypower.
However, he has faced some backlash as he is a professional dancer.
Jordan said ahead of the show: “If I’m going to be totally honest it would be that people are going to have very high expectations because I’m a professional dancer, but they forget it’s on ice!
“I can’t ice skate, so it’s a lot harder than I thought. I want to really enjoy my time on the show. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself because I know everyone is expecting me to be good, but I think they should bring their expectations down a bit.
“I’m going to work hard, as hard as I can, but I can’t ice skate.”
He is closely followed by fan favourite, Love Island’s Wes Nelson.
Although Wes has not skated yet, those who watched Love Island will know that his hidden talent is dancing.
Baylis from Betfair said: “At the other end of the leaderboard James Jordan and Wes Nelson are the 2/1 favourites to win the series after their impressive starts to the competition.”
Betfair has Richard Blackwood at odds of 11/2 as the third favourite to win.
Coral’s Aitkenhead said: “James Jordan is our new favourite to win the show, leading the way after a great performance on the opening night. Wes Nelson had been top of the pile previously and it’s going to be interesting to see how he takes to the ice this weekend.”
Coral has their winning odds at the moment as:
- 2/1 James Jordan
- 5/2 Wes Nelson
- 5/1 Richard Blackwood
- 8/1 Saara Aalto
- 10/1 Brian McFadden
- 12/1 Jane Danson
Dancing on Ice starts tonight at 6pm on ITV