Backing for Alex
ALEXANDRA Burke headed into the first Strictly episode with a big bet placed on her to win.
A stake of £1,000 – the largest placed on any contestant to date – was stuck on the X Factor winner, 29, with Ladbrokes.
Former JLS singer Aston Merrygold leads the way as the 3/1 front runner, followed closely by Saturdays’ Mollie King at 4/1 and Alexandra at 9/2.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “Alexandra’s got the X Factor with punters.”