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The explosion of reality TV shows since the beginning of the 21st Century has changed the way we watch and talk about television. It should come as no surprise, then, with the growing popularity of online bookmakers, betting on TV shows like theThe Voice and a range of other similar shows has even changed the way we bet. People who’d never have dreamed of punting on a horse will happily back a plucky wannabe with talent and a dream to become the next platinum selling superstar (or, try to, at least…). If you yourself have checked The Voice betting odds for 2020 and fancy taking part, there are a few things you need to know about wagering on ITV’s flagship springtime show.
Of course, as with most reality shows, the most popular market for The Voice UK betting odds is on the winner. However, there are other markets based on the format of the show – most notably on the winning mentor, or coach. The coaches make for some of the most interesting analysis when betting for The Voice UK, as their influence can be fairly substantial. On watching the early Blind Audition shows you may feel that a particularly talented singer looks like a runaway winner – but as you continue to watch, you’ll see the difference that a respected coach can make.
As of 2018, the coaches – and judges for the early audition shows – were Welsh soul veteran Sir Tom Jones, English pop star and former reality contestant Olly Murs, and two American superstars in the form of former Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am and honey-voiced diva Jennifer Hudson. Murs is the most recent introduction to the show, having replaced Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale. Murs is the only mentor not to have coached a single winner, with Jones having coached two, while Hudson and “Will” each have one past winner to their names. You can expect their varying levels of success to influence The Voice betting odds 2020 – an experienced, canny coach can make wiser decisions.
Before a series of The Voice even begins broadcasting, you can find odds on the winning mentor for the upcoming season. Based on past show performance and perception of the judge’s popularity and influence, The Voice betting odds 2020 naturally favour one of the four right from the outset. These odds may then change when each judge, at the end of auditions, picks their “Team” – a set of ten singers they deem their best shots at winning the contest. Although it’s wise to assume the bookies know what they’re doing, don’t assume that The Voice betting odds will be reflected in the final result – there have been a few upsets over the years.
Although The Voice is on the face of it a singing competition, there’s a lot more to it than that – so it is worth remembering that a singer who blew everyone away with a superb audition, and who has clear talent, may end up leaving early and not being seen again until, in the base case scenario, they represent the UK and feature in Eurovision odds in future. As well as singing might alone, there is a strong feeling of a popularity contest in The Voice, and it’s not just the popularity of the contestant you need to bear in mind. The following tips will help you make sense of The Voice latest odds, and make the smartest bets as a result.
As part of one of the biggest hip-hop acts in musical history, and an influence on the career of UK singer Cheryl Cole, will.i.am may seem like the obvious choice to consistently lead The Voice odds. However, despite having been the only ever-present coach across the show’s entire run, he has coached just one singer to victory – Jermain Jackman, in 2014. The previous year it was widely felt his mentee Leah McFaul was the standout contestant – but Will’s creative choices were believed to be a factor in her surprise loss to Andrea Begley.
The winner of a TV singing show is not always the act most equipped for success. Remember when digesting The Voice betting odds that a public vote decides these contests – so a contestant who has overcome adversity can sing their way into the final, and into the public’s hearts, to win. Equally, a talented but arrogant contestant can end up losing out either because they didn’t listen to their coach, or because the public didn’t take to them.
2018’s winner Ruti Olajugbagbe was not the favourite in odds to win The Voice. Going into the final, mentored by Jones, he was in the last two with The Voice latest odds favouring Will’s contestant Donel Mangena. With both artists set to duet with their mentors, Mangena and Will collaborated on a cover of Usher’s “OMG”, which was decent, but not great. Their rivals fared much better: Jones and Olajugbagbe’s decision to sing Louis Armstrong’s feelgood classic “What a Wonderful World” is widely deemed to have swung the contest in the final public vote.
The eventual winner of a TV singing show like The Voice can be hard to predict – as we’ve seen, it’s not always the person felt to be the best singer. It is useful, whether you’re checking out the UK version or even if you’re looking at The Voice USA betting, to remember that multiple factors can influence the public’s decision, and that what we see on TV is not necessarily what we would hear from other people watching the show, so keep a close eye on social media – in particular – to see what viewers really think of the contestants.
While the favourite to win The Voice might well be the most likely winner, the bookies’ opinion shouldn’t be your only guide when making a bet. Bear in mind the above advice, as well as anything you read on bettingtips.net, little nuggets you might pick up by watching The V Room, and also the reactions from the public across social media and online forums. It’s neither the bookmakers, nor the judges, who eventually decide who will be The Voice winner, and betting based on their opinions alone is unlikely to produce a positive result. Get a feel for public opinion, however, and you’ll be on the right track.