Despite having only just started rehearsals for the new series of ‘Strictly’, which launches this weekend, the ‘Mysterious Girl’ singer has obviously stood out to a number of his competitors as a potential winner.
Speaking about Peter at this year’s ‘Strictly’ press launch, Jamelia told HuffPost UK and other reporters: “He is a fantastic dancer, I don’t know why he’s playing it down, I’ve been getting him mixed up with the professionals!
“I won’t say anything, but just make sure you watch the launch show, and watch Peter.”
Olympic runner Iwan Thomas also said Peter is “very good” and Helen is “amazing”, also branding ‘Countryfile’ presenter Anita Rani a “dark horse”.
Meanwhile, when Anita was asked who to look out for, she complimented Peter’s “snake hips”, as well as Georgia May Foote, who she called a “just a little bouncy bean of a beautiful being”.
Peter has admitted he’s less than comfortable being named the favourite, admitting: “That is the worst pressure anyone could have… you can’t stuff up once. That’s what’s scary.
“And that could all change once we actually start dancing, people will look and they’ll go that person’s good, that person’s alright.
“Even if you’re good at one style of dancing, you can’t have your thumbs up, you’ve got to have your chest out, you’ve got to have your shoulders back. It’s different for everyone.”
He then named Jamelia and Helen George as two of his strongest competitors, telling the ‘Superstar’ singer: “Your hips! Not that I should be looking at your hips, I’m not! But [Jamelia] can move, I’m telling you.
“And Helen, we were saying that she stands like a dancer, and she’s good too.”
Helen, on the other hand, had a very different pick for who she would name as her favourite, telling us: “I’m going to put a bet on Jeremy Vine. Am I allowed to bet?”
Probs not, Helen. Probs not.
‘Strictly Come Dancing’ returns to our screens this Saturday (5 September), when the celebrity contestants will also be finding out which professional dancers they’ve been partnered with.