BBC Strictlys Angela Rippon suffers upsetting blow hours before Blackpool show

Strictly Come Dancing's Angela Rippon might be saying her goodbyes to the dance floor sooner than she'd like.

The 79-year-old presenter, who's been lighting up the stage with her partner Kai Widdrington, is currently the bookies' favourite to be the next celeb to leave the show.

Angela and Kai have found themselves in the dreaded dance-off for the past two weeks, and it seems they might be facing a hat-trick if they don't secure enough public votes.

According to BetVictor, Angela is 1/2 likely to be sent packing from the hit dance show, followed by ex-tennis player Annabel Croft and her dance partner Johannes Radebe at 9/4.

BBC Strictly stars beam as they brave the rain in Blackpool ahead of special show

Sam Boswell, spokesperson of BetVictor, shared his thoughts on the Strictly markets, saying: "In the elimination market, Angela Rippon is the favourite to be the next celebrity eliminated at 1/2.

"Angela and her dance partner Kai are dancing American Smooth to Tea for Two by Ella Fitzgerald. She has survived both dance-offs, firstly against Adam Thomas and last weekend against Krishnan Guru-Murthy. I think she's at risk this weekend."

"Annabel is close behind; she's priced at 9/4. She was the second favourite to be eliminated last weekend at 7/4, so it's not looking good! Annabel and Johannes are dancing the American Smooth to Unchained Melody by Benedetta Caretta. They must give everything it takes to avoid the bottom two."

The Strictly stars are all preparing for Blackpool and were pictured smiling as they arrived at the iconic ballroom ahead of the show. The Blackpool trip may serve as a trip down memory lane for Angela Rippon, who presented the dance show, and inspiration for Strictly, Come Dancing between 1988 and 1991.

Bobby Brazier and his dance partner Dianne Buswell will dance their first Jive to Wham's Wake Me Up.

Meanwhile, Ellie Leach and partner Vito Coppola are doing a Charleston to Love Machine by Girls Aloud and Angela Scanlon is doing an Argentine Tango to Back To Black by Amy Winehouse.

Also joining them on the dancefloor are Layton Williams and partner Nikita Kuzmin doing a Couple's Choice to Ain't No Other Man by Christina Aguilera and Nigel Harman doing a Quickstep to It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) by Duke Ellington with partner Katya Jones.

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