Britain's Got Talent 2011: Slick dance act the ones to be on
Two and a Half Men have an excellent chance of qualifying through to Saturday's final
"Two and a Half Men's price looks very generous price to me (and will be my best wager of the evening) as this all-smiling trio of entertaining dancers will certainly please the audience, and hopefully the millions of TV viewers watching from their homes."
Mike Norman was spot on with his predictions in last night's semi-final, and tonight he predicts dance act Two and a Half Men will be the act celebrating most.
Thankfully there were no surprises during last night's first live semi-final with the evening going exactly how I had anticipated.
Ronan Parke - who was matched as low as [1.14] in the Semi Final 1 Winner market prior to his performance - won the public vote (in a canter I imagine) and a place in Saturday's live final and will be joined by Paul Gbegbaje, who edged out Joe Oakley courtesy of finishing second in the public vote after the four judges couldn't split the two.
Twelve-year-old singer Parke is now just [1.7] to be crowned the winner of this year's Britain's Got Talent but that looks a tad short to me. True, his performance last night was fantastic and he deserves to be favourite at this stage, but there are plenty of more good acts to see yet - also with the potential to impress - and I can see Parke's price lengthening as the week goes on. Remember, apart from Paul Potts in series one, no singer has ever won BGT with even Susan Boyle being defeated in her breakthrough year.
Our [3.2] selection To Qualify last night - Paul Gbegbaje - did us proud by producing a stunning performance and I believe there's a lot of merit in backing him again, this time in the Top 3 market. Julian Smith - a saxophonist - finished third in series three proving that exceptional musicians doe catch the public's imagination, and I actually believe Gbegbaje is better than Smith.
The Top 3 market hasn't fully materialised yet but I'll let you know at what price I get matched when I do get matched. I'll also be having a wager on Follow The Right Path but more on them as the week goes on.
I'm not sure what the line-ups for the final three semi-finals of the week are but it's hard to imagine any will be tougher to call than tonight's live semi-final. In fact the only thing I can confidently predict about tonight's outcome is that Britney Spears impersonator Lorna Bliss won't be progressing any further. Looking like someone famous isn't a talent - you either look like someone or you don't - but for some unknown reason judges Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre, and David Hasselhoff put Lorna through, despite all three buzzing her. Work that one out!
Early favourites to win tonight (though the markets haven't fully materialised yet) are singing friends New Bounce. This quartet of 12-16-year-olds are very likeable, but I'm not sure they are up to winning a show of this magnitude; I certainly wasn't impressed during their audition.
Two and a Half Men are available to back at just [2.0] in the Semi Final 2 Winner market currently, but I'm certain that you will get matched at much bigger odds (close to the [4.0] mark hopefully) as the day progresses, especially when you consider that they can currently be backed at [2.06] in the To Qualify market. That looks a very generous price to me (and will be my best wager of the evening) as this all-smiling trio of entertaining dancers will certainly please the audience, and hopefully the millions of TV viewers watching from their homes.
The talent on show tonight looks weak if I'm being honest and all of David & Karen (magicians), Enchantment (circus/acrobatic act similar to last year's winners Spellbound), Herbie Armstrong (66-year-old singer), and Up and Over It (weird desktop hand-dancers) have a chance of progressing, but I'm more than happy to stick with Two and a Half Men and collect my winnings in the morning.
Back Two and a Half Men in Semi Final 2 Winner market at [4.0] or above
Back Two and a Half Men in Semi Final 2 To Qualify market at [2.06]
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