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General: Strictly Come Dancing week two preview

Last weekend, Strictly Come Dancing returned to our screens for a shimmering 20th series featuring 15 celebrities, who took to the dance floor with their professional partners for the first time on Saturday.

It was a pulsating first night and the show goes up a notch this weekend with the first elimination taking place on Sunday.

The week one scores from judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Anton Du Beke will carry over to week two and will be combined with the public vote to determine which two celebrities will feature in the first dance-off of the series.

WhatStrictly Come Dancing 2022, Week Two
WhereElstree Film and Television Studios, Borehamwood
WhenSaturday 1st October 2022
How to watchBBC One
OddsTo win outright - Will Mellor 2/1, Helen Skelton 7/2, Fleur East 6/1, Kym Marsh 9/1, Hamza Yassin 7/1

Actor Mellor takes centre stage

Former Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps actor Will Mellor was always expected to do well in this series of Strictly Come Dancing but he went above and beyond in week one.

Mellor and partner Nancy Xu performed a stellar jive to Ricky Martin's 'Livin' la Vida Loca' and picked up a strong score of 34 out of 40.

That put them joint-top of the leaderboard with cameraman Hamza Yassin, who impressed with partner Jowita Przystal with a light-footed foxtrot to Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton's 'Islands in the Stream'.

Mellor was consequently cut to 2/1 to win this year's series, while Yassin is 7/1 in the same market.

Both look pretty safe from elimination given their scores in the first week and this time around Mellor will be switching it up with a salsa to Luther Vandross' 'Never Too Much', while Yassin will be jiving to 'Blinding Lights' by The Weeknd.

Arsenal legend Adams could be in trouble

At the other end of the leaderboard, footballing legend Tony Adams failed to impress the judges with an Arsenal-themed tango to 'Go West' by the Village People.

In red trousers, red waistcoat and red tie, Adams began his performance on a golden cannon and went for a song which was often used by the Arsenal fanbase, who have been known to sing "1-0 to the Arsenal" to the tune.

But while it showed the passion Adams has for his former club, the performance yielded a concerning score of 15 out of 40 and puts the 55-year-old in the danger zone going into week two.

This time around he and partner Katya Jones have opted for the charleston to the tune of 'My Old Man's A Dustman', with comedic effect sure to play a central part once again, but he remains 13/8 to be eliminated first.

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Kaye Adams, meanwhile, is 15/8 to exit the show this week and will not be helped by a rib injury sustained earlier in the week but Tony Adams appeared less popular with the judges and appears to be struggling to keep up with partner Jones, so looks a suitable choice to depart first.

Rainford could be a dark horse going forwards

Having reportedly thought about fleeing through the fire exit moments before her Strictly Come Dancing debut last week, ante-post favourite Helen Skelton managed to compose herself and scored 26 out of 40 with partner Gorka Marquez in week one.

Her American Smooth performance to 'You Send Me' by Aretha Franklin went down well with the judges and the former Blue Peter presenter is still thought to be in the running for the Glitterball at 7/2 in the outright market.

Shortly behind her is Fleur East, who is set to perform the Viennese waltz to 'Glimpse Of Us' this week, at 6/1.

But at 22/1, 21-year-old Molly Rainford could offer some early value in the outright market.

The singer, actress and presenter was not far off the pace in the leaderboard with her and partner Carlos Gu's samba to 'Kiss My (Uh-Oh)' by Anne-Marie and Little Mix, posting an impressive 31 out of 40.

The judges were not short of superlatives when analysing Rainford's performance and this week she and Gu are set to perform their first quickstep to Beyonce's 'Love On Top'.

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