Leah McFall’s climb to favouritism in The Voice betting means that Will.i.am is the only viable challenger to Jessie J in the battle to coach the winning act in this year’s show.
Despite getting a free ticket to the live shows from Will, Leah excelled in her rendition of Lovin’ You by Minnie Ripperton, a notoriously tough song to sing, and as a result she is the new favourite to win The Voice at 9/2.
The one potentially big hindrance to her chances could be that Andrea Begley is one of Danny O’Donoghue’s final three acts, as she may split some of the Irish vote with Leah in the live shows.
Danny arguably made the strangest selections heading into the live shows and his team now looks the weakest.
It should not be forgotten that Team Tom arguably looked the weakest on The Voice heading into the live shows last year and ending up providing the winner in Leanne Mitchell.
Danny is 13/5 to be the winning coach, but his sole hope may lie with Karl Michael, who is second in the show winner odds at 5/1.
Finding a good song for Karl will be vital in this regard, as his last two performances in the battles and knockout rounds have failed to live up to his opening audition.
Sir Tom Jones is again the outsider at 3/1 and there are grounds to believe that all of his acts may struggle to connect with British voters for different reasons.
This puts the winner between Will (9/4 to be winning coach) and Jessie (11/5).
Although Sarah Cassidy is possibly the least likely winner of the remaining 12 acts, Jessie is the only coach who realistically has a two-pronged attack for victory with Ash Morgan and Matt Henry.
Ash has been showcased the most thus far of the pair, but Matt has arguably been the most consistent in his three performances and may well prove Jessie’s last act standing.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.