Judging by bookmakers’ lists and our comments section, punters finally got stuck into The Voice after the quarter final. Leah McFall is now a general price of 1/3 in the outright market. Well done to Andy for snapping her up at 3/1, which you could get before last Friday’s show.
Still, the format allows us to look at some more interestingly-priced match bets this coming weekend. There has been a consensus on these in the Sofabet forum. Here are my thoughts at this stage.
Team Jessie is left with Dog’s Trust worker Matt Henry and Welsh wonder Ash Morgan after Scottish ‘Love Sensation’ Sarah lost the phone vote against Matt. Ash has got a nice tone to his voice, though the trilling is a little overdone for my liking. Overall, however, he has everything going for him in his match-up against Matt, who isn’t really distinct enough.
Ash has a sympathetic backstory and regional vote among various things on his side. I think the bookies have this one right at 1/4 Ash, 7/2 Matt.
Since Team Tom lost Alys – or rather Leanne Mitchell Mk2 – last weekend, it’s between Joseph and Mike at the semi-final stage. There’s no doubt that the former has a better voice, though his version of ‘Higher and Higher’ had me wishing for the X Factor kitchen sink approach that gave us Revered Marcus Sunshine.
But whilst Mike was pitchy, he’s also physically morphed into Shane from Westlife. On the announcement that he had beaten Alys in the phone vote, I chuckled to myself about the Lloyd Daniels syndrome – be wary of opposing the pretty boy, especially in the preliminary stages.
Andy pointed out earlier that Evens on Mike to prevail in this duel was too good to miss. Guild Horn Forever was in agreement, stating: “Am struggling to see which demographic (of any significance) will vote for Joseph Apostle over Mike Ward.” I have to concur. Mike is now a best-priced 4/6 to make it to the final on the back of his cheekbones.
Over on Team Danny, I was rather sad, though not surprised, to see Leanne lose the phone vote to Karl. Meanwhile, Andrea’s understated performance of ‘Hey Ho’ was my favourite of the night. This means I’m also with the consensus in the Karl v Andrea match.
Andy is backing Andrea, as Boki, Guild Horn Forever and Stoney have done. Despite having a good enough voice (though not as good as he thinks it is), I don’t find Bedsit Karl to be particularly sympathetic. His performances are too self-involved.
Andrea on the other hand is as sympathetic as it gets, and not just for the obvious reasons. She comes at her songs in a straightforward fashion and looks like she’s having fun. In an era of Adele covers and sob stories, you just don’t see that often enough on talent shows.
Which brings us to Team Jessie and hot outright favourite, Leah McFall. Guild Horn Forever is not convinced, but gwri78 and Henry VIII point out that the BBC would presumably dearly love to see her over the line as the one ‘credible’ artist in this year’s lineup.
Online polls have her at nearly 50% among the final eight and her version of ‘I Will Survive’ (the arrangement and affectations of which had me grinding my teeth) is currently at number 8 in the UK’s midweek charts.
She has to overcome Cleo in the semi first, but we all know what happens to confident black women on these shows. I’m not touching Leah’s prohibitive price in the win market either way right now, but I’m inclined to think it’s far too short.
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