BGT 2013 discussion continuation thread: Semi-final 5

A fourth good night in a row for favourite-backers, with Francine Lewis final-bound along with Asanda Jezile. But will it be a fifth? Ladbrokes have priced up Saturday’s final semi, with Attraction the 1/4 favourites. It’s then 5/1 Aliki, 10/1 Jordan O’Keefe, 16/1 Steve Hewlett, 66/1 Incognito and Maarty Boorkman, and 100/1 CEO Dancers, Duelling […]

Eurovision 2013: The Split Results

On Tuesday the EBU provided the split between the jury and televote average rankings for this year’s contest, with winners Denmark topping both. However, unlike in previous years, these split results don’t actually show us what the scoreboard would have looked like if only juries or televoters had voted and points been awarded accordingly.

To […]

BGT 2013 discussion continuation thread: Semi-final 4

It was another semi where producers left us in little doubt about their intentions: The Luminites were given the mother of all pimpings, and the voting public dutifully played ball. Pre-Skool then beat out Joseph Hall to become the first dance act through to the finals, joining comedian Jack (named by Cowell at the start […]

BGT 2013 discussion continuation thread: Semi-final 3

With a break tonight for the footy, BGT’s semi finals resume on Thursday with a heat comprising The Luminites (best-price 13/8 at the time of writing), Robbie Kennedy (9/4), Rosie O’Sullivan (9/2), Pre-Skool (12/1), Freelusion (25/1), Joseph Hall (33/1), Stevie Pink (40/1), MC Boy (40/1) and Thomas Bounce (66/1).

The first two heats have reinforced […]

BGT 2013 discussion continuation thread: Can R&A go all the way?

It was a good night for the Sofabet hive brain, as Richard and Adam – first suggested in the comments by Andy on May 15th, and much discussed by commenters since – won the first semi-final. We’ll find out only when the percentages are released after the final, but we’d be amazed if they didn’t […]

BGT 2013 discussion continuation thread: First semi line-up revealed

The acts performing in tonight’s first semi are reportedly Band of Voices, Bosom Buddies, Youth Creation, Philip Green, Arisxandra Libantino, J-Unity, Aaron Crow, Martin Healy, and Richard and Adam. See our semi-finals preview post for a discussion of the significance that the first semi has had in previous seasons (although Tim B is among the […]

BGT 2013 semi finals preview: Are you feeling the Attraction?

Britain’s Got Talent 2013 reaches the live semi-final stage on Monday, and week 1’s shadow dancers Attraction are at the front of bookies’ lists at prices in the region of 2/1. There’s been a healthy debate in the Sofabet comments about whether or not that’s too short.

Stoney opined soon after their audition that “if […]

Why isn’t there more transparency about Eurovision and The Voice voting?

Claire Dresser, Chief Adviser at the BBC, received total annual remuneration of £104,285 as of June 2012. On the 27th May 2012, she put a £58.37 taxi ride on expenses. On the 16th December 2010, she spent £14.10 on greetings cards.

How do we know these things? Because the BBC, a public service broadcaster funded […]