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Nic Ladds 29th May 2009 - 23:01

ITV's Britain's Got Talent betting: the final

It's almost time for the final of ITV's Britain's Got Talent and with Susan Boyle still the short price favourite, there's value to be had!

"The final will go ahead as planned" reported the ITV spokesman regarding the apparent pressure the 48-year-old church volunteer has been under.

The hype has been huge and after appearances on 'Oprah' over in the USA, then to hear Piers Morgan's claim that Shaheen Jafargholi was the best singer in the competition - it was less of a diva strop and more a breakdown, as it all became too much for the frumpy 10/11 favourite as she threatened to quit.

The BGT judge, Piers Morgan began his mass broadcast over the airwaves and Internet to defend the singer.

"Susan Boyle has never experienced anything like this and is like a frightened rabbit in headlights," Morgan blogged on Thursday. "I am calling today for everyone to just give her a break."

The Finalists - appearing at 18:45 in the ITV1 final.

Susan Boyle - 10/11 favourite

So, from her fame making initial performance, Susan Boyle has been the bookies favourite and only within the last few days of semi-finals has her price begun to drift.

In fact she even went ‘odds against' at one point this week, but this was quickly mopped up by the betting public believing it was value. Value? An odds-against bet it may have been, a winning one - it won't be. Now returning to odds-on at 10/11, I wouldn't touch her considering the opposition.

Aidan Davis - 9/2

The young dancer has a fair chance of being Saturday's winner, but last year's victor George Sampson may be the only winning dancer we see in this competition. ITV showed a split screen of the two dancing, George's performance was so superior to Aidan Davis', it's hard to believe this selection will take the Britain's Got Talent 2009 crown.

Shaheen Jafargholi - 6/1

Shaheen Jafargholi is priced at 6/1 in William Hill's Britain's Got Talent outright betting.

This youngster is through to the final and is in with a shout with his great ear and a massive voice from a frame so slight, he represents a good punt.
Shaheen appears to have the charm, manners and more importantly to the public, he's cute and will be sure to pull in the votes.

Stavros Flatley - 8/1

Pure Greek fun from this father/son duo who prance around the Britain's Got Talent stage with not a care in the world. The boys are now fourth in the outright betting.
They're a great punt at 8/1 and have a realistic chance of appearing in front of the Queen.

Their performance is different, good clean old fashioned fun and would be deserved winners of this competition.

Flawless - 10/1 | Diversity - 10/1

Apparently Flawless by name and nature. These lot are a good, tight dance group with loads of talent and ability, often mentioned in the same breath as Diversity, also 10/1 for the victory, who have a good card to play - they have children in their group. It just comes down to what act will appear in front of the Queen and after George Sampson's dancing last year, I think we'll see a different type of performance to a dance group.

Julian Smith - 12/1

A very possible winner and 12/1 in the outright betting is too big not to be backed. This alto saxophonist was always going to get through semi final four. Has a lovely 'way' about him, and could go towards making classical music cool for the kids. An interesting new angle on this competition and could be dangerous for Boyle. This guy's great and the Queen would love him - Fact.

Hollie Steel - 25/1

What a name! This girl was meant for showbiz and after Friday's tearful performance which the youngster was unable to complete on live TV, she begged the judges for another shot. Another shot she was given, and used this performance to gain a spot in the Saturday night final, if only on the sympathy vote. That's not to say she doesn't have a great voice, she does, but we, the British public need more from our winner!

Shaun Smith - 25/1

‘Lounge singer at best' has been said about 25/1 shot Shaun Smith, and I'd have to agree.

Avoid this selection with your betting funds, there's nothing to him! BORING.

2 Grand - 33/1

Oh, they're just lovely! The junior/senior combination have gained their place in the final through singing. No gimmicks, no press whirlwind - they just got together (as family members) and sang! And the public liked it. They're not the 2009 winners, but are deserving of their place in the final.

William Hill will be covering all the betting leading up to the Britain's Got Talent final, as well as in-running betting throughout the final, so make sure you get involved in the action and enjoy the Saturday final.

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