Britain’s Got Talent 2011 Semi Final Week Preview

Punters betting on BGT were thrown a curveball last night with the non-appearance of the outright favourite for the competition. It had been widely trailed that 12-year-old Liverpudlian Taylor Fowlis wowed at her audition, and going into yesterday’s final audition show she headed most bookmakers’ lists. But her audition wasn’t even shown, and she isn’t […]

Who will win Britain’s Got Talent 2011? Profiling the Contenders

We’ve said a lot about the importance of the running order in BGT – if you bet without knowing the running order, you’re largely betting on who producers will favour in this respect. But that begs a question: can we say anything about the type of act producers are likely to favour?

Maybe so, because […]

Britain’s Got Talent 2011: The Running Order Part 2

Britain’s Got Talent reaches the semi-final stage next week. In our last BGT preview article we noted the huge advantage of performing 8th of 8 in a semi. But what about the seven acts who are not so blessed by producers? Where’s the next best position?

Over four seasons, we’ve now had 18 semis each […]

Britain’s Got Talent 2011: The Running Order Part 1

Regular readers of Sofabet’s X Factor coverage will be familiar with our refrain “first try to work out what the producers want to happen, then ask how likely it is that the voting public will oblige”. In ITV’s other Cowell cash cow, Britain’s Got Talent – which has now screened its penultimate auditions show, and […]

Eurovision 2011 Post-Mortem

A few days have passed, the dust has settled, and it’s time to initiate a post-mortem on the Eurovision 2011 result.

On a personal note, my return of nearly 40% on a betting bank of £160,000 was my most successful Eurovision yet. Like everyone else, some things I called correctly, some things I definitely did […]

Eurovision 2011 Result

Click here to get the full scoreboards of the Eurovision 2011 first semi-final, second semi-final and final.

The two semi-finals contain almost as many shocks as the final. The first one was won by Greece, with our 10-1 each-way tip Finland just managing third place. The second one was won by Sweden, with Denmark second […]

Eurovision 2011 Final Preview Part Two – Outright Winner

After this morning’s look at the top ten and specials markets, where I do the vast majority of my own punting, it’s time to address the headline question of the night – who will win Eurovision 2011?

I have to admit that I have already made a profit on the outright win market for Eurovision […]

Eurovision 2011 Final Preview Part One – Top 10 and Specials

The jury rehearsal last night confirmed what a surprisingly strong year Eurovision 2011 has turned out to be after naysayers like myself had it marked down otherwise. A series of convincing performances – with a couple of significant exceptions – should certainly have left the juries with quite a quandary. Punters even more so.

Today […]