The class of 2022 has taken to the Strictly dancefloor for the first time - but who is your money on to take the glitterball trophy after week one?

The BBC teased the celebrity lineup last month ahead of its 20th series and it has been an agonising wait for the return of its trademark glitz and glamour.

The popular launch show, which saw coupling up of the Strictly professionals and nervous celebrities, was postponed due to the sad news of the Queen's death. 

Lucky for us, we were treated to a double billing of Strictly this weekend with the pre-recorded launch show airing on Friday and the first live episode broadcast on Saturday. 

After the first round of cheeky cha-chas or raunchy rumbas, here are the bookmaker's first impressions and betting odds.

Strictly Come Dancing 2022 winner odds

BetVictor has currently tipped actor Will Mellor to win the contest on 7/4 after Saturday's surprise jive which shot him to joint top of the leaderboard on 34 points.

Despite ranking in joint top, wildlife photographer Hamza Yassin does not follow him and instead comes in at 18/1.

Instead, the joint favourites to win, Fleur East and Helen Skelton, ahead of the launch show come in at 4/1 odds with actor and singer Kym Marsh rounding out the top three.

On the other side of the leaderboard, both Kaye and Tony Adams are deemed least likely to win on 100/1 odds.

BetVictor’s spokesperson Sam Boswell has shared his t: “After the first live show viewers were impressed with Will Mellor’s performance, he was 6/1 but he now leads as favourite at 7/4.”

“Fleur East was the previous favourite, but bettors have cooled their interested and she now trails Mellor in the betting at 4/1, alongside Helen Skelton."

“Punters are shying away from Loose Women star Kaye Adams and footballer manager Tony Adams, with their odds of 100/1 ranking them as the least likely winner.”

  • Will Mellor – 7/4
  • Fleur East – 4/1
  • Helen Skelton – 4/1
  • Kym Marsh – 8/1
  • Tyler West – 8/1
  • Molly Rainford – 16/1
  • Hamza Yassin – 18/1
  • Ellie Simmonds – 22/1
  • Matt Goss – 25/1
  • Ellie Taylor – 33/1
  • Richie Anderson – 33/1
  • James Bye – 40/1
  • Jayde Adams – 25/1
  • Kaye Adams – 100/1
  • Tony Adams – 100/1

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Strictly Come Dancing 2022 week one leaderboard

Since it is the first week, none of the celebrities or their professional partners will find themselves in the dance-off or leaving the show this week.

However, the scores from their first dances will be carried over until next week so every dance step counts!

See how the new Strictly stars kicked off the series and where they came on the leaderboard.

  1. Will and Nancy - 34  + Hamza and Jowita - 34
  2. Molly and Carlos - 31
  3. Fleur and Vito - 29
  4. Ellie T and Johannes - 28
  5. Helen and Gorka - 26
  6. Ellie S and Nikita - 26
  7. Jayde and Karen - 23
  8. Kym and Graziano - 23
  9. Richie and Giovanni - 23
  10. James and Amy - 22
  11. Tyler and Dianne - 21
  12. Kaye and Kai - 21
  13. Matt and Nadiya - 20
  14. Tony and Katya - 15



Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday, October 1 at 6.30 pm.