Britain's Got Talent Final Betting: Drummer Boy set to triumph
13-year-old drummer Kieran Gaffney blew away the audience when winning last night’s semi-final and is now set to have a major say in tonight’s final
"The reason I’m selecting Gaffney is twofold. First, I thought his performance last night was quite sensational, and based on his talent alone, he is unquestionably one of the best acts in the final. But more crucially, my second reason for selecting him is that his makeup is in the exact same mould as series two winner George Sampson."
Britain's Got Talent reaches its conclusion tonight with ten acts vying for a spot at this year's Royal Variety Performance. Our man Mike Norman is here to guide you through the runners and riders.
As predicted, both Liam McNally and Kieran Gaffney were the two acts to progress from last night's semi-final, though it was a bit of surprise to punters that it was Kieran - who was matched at odds of [7.6] for victory - that won the public vote, just edging out the [1.36] favourite Liam.
It all means that we have a Britain's Got Talent Saturday night final of four vocal acts, two dance acts, a comedy impressionist, an acrobatic gymnastics troupe, an animal act and a young drummer boy all vying for the £100k first prize and a spot at this year's Royal Variety Performance.
Spellbound remain the [2.3] favourites to win those two huge prizes, but as I suggested earlier in the week, those odds are way too short for my liking leaving with me no alternative but to take them on. I'm not sure I'd want to be a layer mind you because this incredible gravity-defying gymnast act is extremely talented. The two routines that we have seen so far have been spectacular, but I'm of the opinion that after you've seen them a few times, that initial jaw-dropping impression doesn't really repeat itself.
It's also worth pointing out that three hot favourites - Connected, Twist and Pulse, and Liam McNally - have been turned over already this week, and this, allied with Susan Boyle's shock defeat last year, should act as a huge warning that in a country that loves an underdog, the nation won't always vote for the market leaders.
My two against the field for tonight's final are Paul Burling - available to back at [7.6] - and last night's victor Gaffney ([13.0]).
Burling is an extremely likeable impressionist who appears to have a lot of material in his locker. So far he has based his act around Harry Hill - whom he impersonates quite brilliantly by the way - but I think tonight he has to try something different. As long as he puts humour into his act, and impersonates popular figures that the whole family can relate to, then I think he'll do ok. Burling is available to back at [3.8] in the Winner Without Spellbound market if you want to play it a little more cautious, but my advice would be to stick to the outright winner market, especially if you're having just a small wager.
The reason I'm selecting Gaffney is twofold. First, I thought his performance last night was quite sensational, and based on his talent alone, he is unquestionably one of the best acts in the final. But more crucially, my second reason for selecting him is that his makeup is in the exact same mould as series two winner George Sampson.
If you remember, Sampson first appeared on BGT the year before he actually won but failed to make it through to the live semi-final stage. He came back the following year and won the competition, not just because of his immense talent, but because of his determination and incredibly enduring personality. Gaffney has had to do exactly the same, and not only that, he had to ditch his parents from his act during this year's audition. The public have already warmed to him, and I think they'll do so again if he can produce another faultless performance tonight.
Of the other finalists, animal act Tina and Chandi ([8.0]) and 81-year-old singer Janey Cutler ([8.8]) will doubtless be popular. I'm not a fan of dancing dogs though so couldn't have the former on my mind at all, whilst I've said a few times now that I don't think Cutler is good enough to win. I could be wrong of course, so leave your comments below if your thinking is different to my own.
It's difficult to see any of the acts that failed to win their semi-final turn the form around and triumph this evening, which means Twist and Pulse ([16.0]), Connected ([25.0]), Liam McNally ([25.0]), Tobias Mead ([38.0]) and Christopher Stone ([65.0]) should all be considered as outsiders. But if any of these acts are to spring a surprise then surely it will be Twist and Pulse. They were beaten by Janey Cutler in their semi-final but I believe the public overreacted to the pensioner's performance that night, and that Twist and Pulse were the real winners if voting on talent alone, rather than sentiment.
*Britain's Got Talent is live on ITV1 tonight at 7:30pm
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