Strictly Come Dancing: Victoria Pendleton backs Louis Smith to win

07:47 16 November 2012

Louis Smith has been tipped to win Strictly Come Dancing by Victoria Pendleton. PictureBBC/Ray Burmiston

Louis Smith has been tipped to win Strictly Come Dancing by Victoria Pendleton. PictureBBC/Ray Burmiston

WARNING: Use of this copyright image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' Digital Picture Service (BBC Pictures) as set out at www.bbcpictures.co.uk. In particular, this image may only be published by a registered User of BBC Pictures for editor

Olympian Louis Smith has been tipped to win this year’s Strictly Come Dancing by fellow London 2012 competitor Victoria Pendleton.

The gold medal winning cyclist insists there is no rivalry between her and Smith on the show, and she believes the 23-year-old gymnast has what it takes to be triumphant.

When asked if there is tension between the pair, she told BANG Showbiz at the UK premiere of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2: “No! I’ve got my money on Louis to win. He’s so good - he remembers stuff like that (clicks fingers). I’m just like, ‘Was it left or right? Ah!’ But he’s got it! He’s very skillful so yeah. Louis all the way for me.”

The brunette beauty, whose dancing partner is Brendan Cole, is also enjoying the flamboyant and unique costumes she gets to wear, admitting it’s her favourite part of the show.

Giving a clue about her costume for this weekend live show at London’s Wembley Arena, where she will be dancing the Paso Doble, she said: “It’s a Paso Doble, I can do angry - I can do stern and angry! A lot easier than romantic so it’s going to be fun!

“I am going to have a cape - it’s going to be more than red. It might be a few other colours as well just to be on line with my previous careers. I’m absolutely loving the hair, make-up and costumes. So much fun, it’s the best part.”

Pendleton will arrive on the dancefloor for her routine pedalling a BMX suspended by wires when the programme comes from Wembley Arena on Saturday.

To complete the look from her Team GB days she will be wearing a red, white and blue outfit as she performs in front of a live audience of 6,000 fans on the BBC1 show.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Kendra got a hug from Jake, but the Twittersphere was unimpressed with her antics.

Read more

Their version of Sir Elton John’s Something About The Way You Look saw Only the Young voted off Saturday’s show.

Read more

Claudia Winkleman received a warm welcome and managed to hold off the tears as she returned to presenting Strictly Come Dancing.

Read more

Promotions

Gamucci is a global leader and premier brand of electronic cigarettes

Gamucci has an electronic cigarette tailored for every need! We have a range of both disposable and rechargeable electronic cigarettes suitable for all adult smokers. And for a limited time we’re offering up to 40% off.

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

Top Stories

Quizzes

Try our fiendishly difficult new Arsenal quiz! Picture: PA

This new quiz will test even the most devoted Arsenal fans’ knowledge...

Read more
How well do you know Shoreditch? (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

From ancient Roman burial ground to bearded hipsters Shoreditch has always had a lot going on. Prove you know more about it than anyone else by taking our quiz:

Read more
Can you name these moustaches?

Movember is upon us once again and men across the country are growing moustaches to raise money to battle prostate cancer.

Read more