Chris Hollins becomes new Strictly favourite

Wednesday December 9, 2009

When he first hit the dance floor with his gyrating hips and clumsy footwork, BBC Breakfast host Chris Hollins left spectators unsure how long he would last on Strictly Come Dancing.

But he's certainly pulled out all the stops since then, and is now the favourite to win the celebrity talent show.

The new odds were announced following the BBC's decision to scrap the programme's traditional dance-off.

This means the winner will be decided by the public vote only, giving popular Chris a good chance of claiming the title. 

He and dance partner Ola Jordan have proved a huge hit with viewers since their first appearance.

Judge Bruno Tonioli says he is in favour of the new system.

"I think at this stage it is actually quite wise because there are only three (contestants) and the difference is going to be minuscule and I think the public will have a very important say whatever we score them."

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