The first casualty of Strictly Come Dancing, Melvin Odoom, has put his money on outsider Ed Balls to win the series

Strictly casualty Melvin Odoom may not be in the running for the glitterball trophy any more, but his money’s on Ed Balls to win.

Many had assumed that Ed would be the first to exit Strictly Come Dancing, but he impressed so much with his Charleston at the weekend that he secured a place for next week’s shows and DJ Melvin was sent home instead.

Ed Balls and Katya Jones Charleston Strictly Come Dancing

Ed Balls and Katya Jones did surprisingly well (BBC)


But although his Tango with Janette Manrara flopped on Saturday night, he has no hard feelings and is even backing Ed for the final.


Actor Ted Robbins, who presents a Sunday morning show on BBC Radio Lancashire, prompted the confession when he tweeted his congratulations to Melvin.

Ed and his partner Katya Jones had been popular with viewers, so were saved from facing the judges as one of the bottom two acts, despite being last on the scoreboard.

Anastacia and Melvin Odoom in Strictly Come Dancing bottom two

Anastacia and Melvin were in the bottom two (BBC)


Melvin and Janette fought it out with Anastacia and Brendan Cole to be allowed to return next week, but as the singer couldn’t perform in the dance off due to an injury, the judges reverted to viewer votes and Melvin, who had fewer than Anastacia, left.

Many Strictly fans were unhappy Melvin wasn’t able to compete int he dance off before leaving the show.