Strictly: Adam Peaty quizzed by BBC Breakfast presenters

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Strictly Come Dancing is set to return to BBC on Saturday as the celebrity contestants find out which Ballroom and Latin dancers they’ll be partnered with. Bookmarks have already tipped McFly’s Tom Fletcher to win but contestant Rhys Stephenson has warned fans should keep an eye on Olympian Adam Peaty and presenter AJ Odudu.

Ladbrokes have priced Tom’s odds of winning at 9/2 while Rose Ayling-Ellis is close behind at 11/2.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “We could be set for the closest series of Strictly yet, with no less than seven names currently being priced 10/1 or shorter to win this year’s Glitterball Trophy.

“Tom has headed the betting since day one, but punters are seemingly convinced Robert Webb and Rose will be his most likely challenger.”

However, speaking to and other press, Rhys tipped Adam and AJ as celebrities to look out for.

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Discussing his fellow contestants, he said: “They’re all really good. AJ has got something about her.”

“And I think Adam Peaty because he’s an Olympian,” Rhys continued.

“He knows what it’s like to be under high intense pressure so I feel he’s just going to be like, ‘Just another day’. 

“So, those two I’m looking at but I think everyone’s got incredible potential and it’d be wise for me to keep an eye on everyone.”

In the latest betting, Rhys is behind the two front-runners at 7/1 while AJ is in joint fourth position at 8/1 with Robert.

However, Adam trails behind slightly in sixth position at 9/1.

Meanwhile, Rhys discussed his competitive nature and admitted he’s in Strictly “to win”.

He explained: “I’m competitive whatever it is, even if I’m bad at it. 

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“I’m competitive to a point where I’ll play to win and I’ll do whatever it takes to win that’s legal.”

“If I lose, I’ll put my hands up and I’ll say that was probably fair enough,” he added.

“I hate losing when it could easily have been prevented, but then that’s when I’m hard on myself.

“I’ll never be hard on the person who wins because they’re only doing what they’re supposed to do.”

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“So I’m a very competitive person but I’m also the kind of person that would hate to know if someone let me win at the same time,” he said.

“If someone lets me win that’s not cool – don’t steal my victory from me. 

“I’m in it to win but also for me. I just love the competition, I love the event of doing it as well, I love the trying but I love the winning a bit more.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday.

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