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Nic Ladds 21st Apr 2009 - 23:36

Betting hits Boyle-ing point as Susan favourite to win Britain's Got Talent

ITV's Britain's Got Talent is well & truly under way with the global sensation - and odds-on favourite in the betting, that is Susan Boyle grabbing the public's attention with her rendition of 'I Dreamed a Dream' from the musical Les Miserables.

At the age of 47 & doddering onto the stage, Simon Cowell matched the audiences' "here-we-go-again" look of displeasure as the then little-known Susan Boyle announced her dream of "trying to become a professional singer"

It was at that point that the bandwagon's wheels, which had been gathering dust since the days of X-Factor's Michelle McManus, began to roll... & roll... & roll.

So why is it, that the 47-year-old church volunteer from West Lothian has become the hot favourite in the betting & the number 1 smash hit on YouTube?

Isn't she simply the proverbial mother singing away to the BBC's Elaine Paige show whilst creating the Sunday lunch? More than likely.

But that's the fascinating thing. She is a simple 47-year-old who thought "why not?" and it appears that this, together with her likeable innocence and relatively decent voice has projected her into the limelight off a single performance.

Regardless of whether she wins the competition or not, she has already won over the world and surely anything more she brings to the party can only be a disappointment.

Graham Sharpe of William Hill said: "Around 93% of the bets we have received for Britain's Got Talent have been for Susan Boyle, and the turnover is into five figures.

"We have had some bets of several thousand pounds which is unusual for reality television, as it is based on the reaction of the judges and the public."

"Susan is the red-hot favourite just now and to have one (contestant) that is utterly monopolising the betting in this way is pretty much unprecedented.

"However, we don't believe that all the best acts have been seen yet, so it may change."

But whilst it lasts, take advantage of the current prices on the alternative competitors as this Boyle-shaped storm could lead to massive value on her opponents.

The second favourite in the betting at 7/2 to win the ITV show, 12-year-old Shaheen Jafargholi turned Cowell's eyes to spinning dollar signs as he performed a suspiciously staged-looking performance, as the man with the high waist band stopped the youngster's version of ‘Valerie' mid-flow.

Shaheen then went on to attempt a Michael Jackson number & blew the eager audience away with his bluesy style, accompanied by a standing ovation from the judges.

At 7/2, the kid has the voice, appeal & possibly even the looks to make the head judge a lot of money - and must surly be raising eyebrows at ‘casa-Cowell' along with the betting public.

Look out for Julian Smith - fourth favourite in the betting at 9/1.

The 39-year-old music teacher took to the stage with the ultimate goal of simply playing his Soprano Saxophone for a living. And with his melodic performance, youthful looks (39?) and clear talent, should be considered a serious contender to win the competition at a valuable & highly backable price.

Flawless at 7/1? Place your bets elsewhere.

They're good, entertaining and variety is assured with each new performance, but not one of the selections which will be performing in front of the Queen of England.

The current favourite and leader of the Boyle-bandwagon will be hoping to take this year's crown and follow in the footsteps of teenage dancer George Sampson, who won last year & gained the ultimate prize - a chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.

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