Britain's Got Talent: Aliki can claim second spot but no Attraction in tonight's odds

Attraction are the favourites to win the whole competition
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Tonight's fifth semi-final of Britain's Got Talent will see the favourites to win the competition in action, but while Mike Norman believes they can't be opposed he's finding it hard to place a bet...

"Attraction are just [1.2] to back in the Semi-Final 5 Winner market, and [1.03] in the To Qualify market. And I know what you're thinking, surely there's some merit in a small lay bet?"


Well well well, shock horror, another favourite wins a Britain's Got Talent semi-final.

I hate to keep beating the same drum, but you can't say you weren't warned. I said on Monday morning that the golden rule was to simply back the favourites. And I alluded to exactly why the favourites do well, which in a nutshell is because of the way that the best acts are split into different semi-finals so to avoid an early clash.

Step forward five days and we've had four winning favourites out of four, and it's a [1.2] shot that it will be five from five after tonight, but more on that later.

Last night saw [1.6] shot Francine Lewis put in a polished performance enabling her to top the public vote, but despite being the shortest price favourite of the week so far, she is actually the outsider of all the semi-final winners in the Outright Winner market.

I definitely think there's some trading potential in her current quote of [34.0] as I can see that price only getting shorter. I don't see that there's much to choose between Lewis and another comedy performer, Jack Carroll, yet the latter is as short as [4.8] to win the competition. Something's wrong there!

Tonigh'ts semi-final will see the [2.28] favourite to win this year's Britian's Got Talent - Attraction (from Hungary!) - take to the stage and it will take a brave person to oppose them.

They are just [1.2] to back in the Semi-Final 5 Winner market, and [1.03] in the To Qualify market. And I know what you're thinking, surely there's some merit in a small lay bet?

Well you could be right, but where's the competition going to come from this evening?

Aliki Chrysochou ([7.0]) - the singer who overcame a life-threatening brain illness - is the most likely act to take advantage should Attraction under-perform, while guitarist Jordan O'Keefe ([8.0]) is another to consider.

But in all honesty, those two should be the ones fighting it out to get the judges' verdict, and I'd just fancy Aliki but her odds don't appeal - she's just [1.7] To Qualify.

Attraction are clearly a fantastic act, something different, and something very moving. If they perform like they did in their audition they'll win in a canter. But for me, this is a show to watch rather than have an investment in.


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