Betting for Sir Bruce Forsyth’s replacement on Strictly Come Dancing has been suspended after an unprecedented amount of bets were placed in the last 24 hours for Nick Knowles.



The DIY SOS star’s odds plunged on betting website Ladbrokes from 25/1 to just 2/1, fixing him as firm favourite.



Trailing behind were former leaders Claudia Winkleman, with 2/5 odds, and John Barrowman at 4/1. Other considerations for Tess Daley’s partner were Graham Norton and her husband Vernon Kay, at 6/1 and 12/1 respectively.



Ladbrokes spokesperson Jessica Bridge said: “After the flood of money for Knowles we’ve been forced to suspend betting. When new accounts are being opened the alarm bells start to ring, and it looks like Knowles is going to be announced sooner rather than later as Brucie’s replacement.”