Kylie Minogue should be so lucky as top judge on The Voice

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Kylie Minogue’s enduring popularity and the acquisition of early contender Leo Ihenacho as one of her picks means the Australian could be the one to back as the winning judge on the latest series of The Voice.

The 45-year-old pop veteran is currently priced at 5/2 to be the winning coach on the BBC singing show, alongside fellow joint favourites Will.i.am and Tom Jones.

Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, meanwhile, is priced at 3/1, with his eyebrow-raising makeover and timid performance so far failing to inspire the kind of support seen for previous judge Danny O’Donoghue of The Script.

However it’s Minogue who looks the best bet in the early stages of the show after the singer, who reportedly signed a £500,000 contract to do the programme, helped the previously flagging series to a four million increase in viewers.

More importantly still, the Aussie has bagged arguably the hottest act on the show so far in the form of former Streets singer Ihenacho.

There was evidently plenty of chemistry between the pair during his initial blind audition, with Minogue at one stage hiding behind her chair to spare her blushes after seeing the muscle-bound vocalist for the first time in the flesh.

If it was designed to snare the 31-year-old as one of her acts, it evidently did the trick with Ihenacho opting for the “Spinning Around” hitster over fellow crooner Tom Jones.

With the Streets man on at 14/1 to win The Voice, Kylie’s acquisition could prove key and is already catching the attention of the public amid reports that the Australian has been flirting outrageously with her newly-recruited charge.

And with the public likely to be well and truly behind the former Neighbours icon, now is the time to back the girl from Down Under to rise to the top.

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