Brendan Cole is the favourite to reinstate Shirley Ballas on Strictly

Brendan Cole is the favourite to reinstate Shirley Ballas on Strictly
Brendan Cole is the favourite to reinstate Shirley Ballas on Strictly (Picture: ITV)

Brendan Cole is the favourite to reinstate Shirley Ballas on Strictly Come Dancing, if she leaves the show at the finish of the series.

The 41-year-old Strictly pro dancer – who was partnered with Charlotte Hawkins this year – is the 5/2 favourite to step in as conduct judge, according to bookies Coral.

Former Strictly star Karen Hardy is second best in the betting at 3-1, Anton Du Beke is 4-1 and former conduct judge Len Goodman is 12-1 to make a return to the show after leaving in 2016.

Brendan Cole is the favourite to reinstate Shirley Ballas on Strictly
Shirley Ballas has addressed either she’ll return to Strictly (Picture: ITV)

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The contingency are 4-6 that Shirley, 57, leaves the show at the finish of the stream series and 11-10 that she earnings to the show in 2018.

Appearing on ITV’s This Morning on Friday, Shirley settled how her future on the show is nonetheless to be decided, but she’s remaining carefree on the matter.

She told hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford: ‘As of yet, nothing’s been motionless so we’ll wait and see.’

As the talk sealed however, Shirley added: ‘I’m anticipating so.’

Strictly Come Dancing continues Sunday night at 7.15pm on BBC One.

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