Strictly star dealt major blow ahead of tonight’s show


COMEDIAN Ellie Taylor has been dealt a crushing blow right before she takes to the Strictly Ballroom.

The star is due to take part in the 10th live show of the 2022 series where she’ll be performing the jive.

Comedian Ellie Taylor is set to perform the Jive in the 10th live show of the series

The television personality is the current odds-on favourite to leave the competition this week

Hamza is the current favourite to to pick up the glitterball trophy this year

But Ellie, 38, has been dealt some bad news before she takes to the floor with her partner, 35-year-old South African professional dancer Johannes Radebe.

According to Ladbrokes, the television personality is the odds-on favourite to be the next star to waltz off the dancefloor this weekend.

The Don’t Got This star is due to perform the Jive with her partner to Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison.

But the star has been given odds attacks 4/6 to be the next celeb to be sent packing by the British public.

The news could be consolation to other stars in the competition, except for Molly Rainford, who only comes in shortly behind.

The singer is second in the betting-odds table to for the next elimination as she comes in at 11/4.

Elsewhere, at the other end of the scale, Hamza Yassin remains clear favourite to pick up the Glitterball Trophy this year.

The wildlife cameraman and presenter sits comfortably at 3/10, with former Blue Peter star Helen Skelton coming in as his only likely challenger at 7/2.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “We’re firmly into the business end of this year’s Strictly, and the latest odds suggest Ellie Taylor looks set to miss out on a place in the final five.”

He added: “It’s no surprise to see Hamza Yassin continue to head the betting, given the interest we’ve seen in him from punters… but if anyone is going to challenge him for the Glitterball Trophy, it’ll be Helen Skelton.”

This could be a tricky week for the stars as Kym Marsh was struck down with COVID and will not be performing this week.

The actress, 46, has been forced to pull out alongside pro partner Graziano Di Prima, after testing positive for the virus.

A statement read: “Kym Marsh has tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, Kym and Graziano will not be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this weekend.

“Strictly Come Dancing protocols mean that all being well, they will return the following week.”

It is unclear if someone will still be sent home this weekend as the former Corrie star gets a free pass to the quarter final.

Kym brought drama to the dance floor on Saturday as she performed a powerful paso doble to We Found Love by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom.

It comes just weeks after she was forced to miss rehearsals after falling ill.

At the time she said: “I will pull myself through, it is only one of those 24 hour things and I think you have got to get out there and do it, no matter what.

“Even if you have bits dropping off you have to get out there!”

Helen Skelton has been impressing viewers with her dancing skills this year

Molly Rainford is second favourite to be booted off the competition this week

Kym Marsh has been forced to pull out of this weeks live show