Despite the brickbats, The Voice has chugged its way to another climax tonight at 19.00GMT on BBC1. It’s an intriguing betting heat too. Shading odds-on, at a best-priced 10/11, is attractive Scottish fireman Stevie McCrorie, long-time favourite based partly on the fact he’s, erm, attractive, Scottish and a fireman.
Still, his rendition of ‘Bleeding Love’ – with Dad dancing moves – in last week’s semi-final, wasn’t totally convincing, even though the pimp slot showed plenty of goodwill towards him. Pushed more vociferously (perhaps out of need) was Sasha Simone, whose nerves threaten to get the better of her in every performance. This somehow has you rooting for her. She’s helped by being under the paternal guidance of mentor Tom Jones, and is a best-priced 4/1.
5/1 shot Lucy O’Byrne, with her opera numbers that appeal to a certain BBC-watching demographic, is a dark horse not to be discounted. That was demonstrated when she qualified for the final from the coffin slot in the semi. The outsider at 7/1 is Emmanuel Nwamadi, whose USP of being able to speak and sing in a very low register, and thus manage a wide vocal range, feels least vote-grabbing of the four. Still, the outsider took the spoils last year, and the show has a history of producing the unexpected.
Some of our regular commenters have been keeping us posted with their thoughts throughout the series. As always, it’s been much appreciated. Feel free to keep doing so now we’ve hit the home straight.