The opening round of televised auditions for this year’s Britain’s Got Talent didn’t disappoint. Once again the show featured a potent mix of emotion that produced smiles, joy, tears and heartbreak in equal measure.
And according to Ladbrokes there’s one act in particular who caught the eye. Operatic boyband Collabro have been installed as the 7/1 favourites to win the chance to perform in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance.
The five-piece outfit wowed judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams with their rendition of ‘Stars’ from West End smash Les Miserables.
Having claimed to have been together for little over a month the quality of their performance impressed both judges and viewers alike.
Those watching the show immediately took to Twitter to outline their admiration for the group, who now enjoy a following of ‘Collaborators’, and it’s this instant fame and success that could see the quintet triumph.
Groups have traditionally fared well on Britain’s Got Talent, with Diversity, Spellbound and most recently Attraction all landing top honours in the past.
Collabro could follow that trend and in doing so emulate the success enjoyed by fellow opera singer Paul Potts, the show’s first ever winner back in 2007.
Elsewhere in the market, Paddy and Nico have also emerged as front-runners to win the talent contest.
The ballroom dance duo were prematurely buzzed out by Simon before they had the chance to put on a show with 80-year-old Paddy going on to display the type of energy and charisma that’s guaranteed to garner support.
Even Cowell was quick to admit his mistake and subsequently told the Sunday People: “When I saw Paddy audition I thought, ‘She’s just like my mum’. She is a great feel-good inspirational story. I would be happy if Paddy won.”
Soprano Lucy Kay is another an 8/1 shot for glory having performed her own emotional version of Vissi d’arte while the stunning pyrotechnics provided by Light Balance have the act on offer at 12/1.
Meanwhile, young dancers Lauren and Terrell are available at 66/1 with Country Vive huge 100/1 outsiders.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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