And Then There Were 4: This Is The Voice 2019 Final Preview!
April 3, 2019
It’s been three months in the making. From the blind auditions, through the battles, the knockouts, and some very surprising semi-finals; we are now headed for The Voice live finals this Saturday 6th April.
From thousands of hopefuls, there were eight acts who made it through to last weekend’s semi-finals. This stage of the competition was where the public could have their say for the first time, and – yikes – it shook things up for sure.
Having followed the show from the first stages of auditions, there were some absolutely fantastic and consistent acts who stood out in my eyes.
Before the knockouts kicked off, I predicted the top two contestants for each coach, of which I got 6 correct. Prior to the semi-finals, I took an, albeit hopeful, estimate of who the top four would be. The public turned against me.
Let’s see who the top four are and how some shocks have shaken up The Voice betting odds.
The first of the live shows where the viewers could have their say, the public really went to town. Nicole was the favourite, with odds slashed on her at every stage she progressed through the competition.
It seemed like the public thought otherwise, after she showed a different side to herself with an Aerosmith rock song instead of a show tune. She even played the piano at the start! While it was fantastic in all respects, Nicole was shockingly voted off the show.
Don’t even get me started on my bae, Cedric. I was in awe of him from the moment I clapped eyes on him, and he graced my ears with his soulful, funk-tastic voice. He was a born star, but after his performance of Panic At The Disco’s ‘High Hopes’, with no expense spared on the brass band, I was gutted when his name wasn’t the last one called out.
Jennifer Hudson was tipped to be the winning coach, especially with having Nicole on her team, but now, they’re both out of the running.
The Final Four
Well, the public have spoken, so I’ll try to get over it. If you’ve been keeping an eye on The Voice odds over the weekend, you’ll see that Molly has flown into the top favourite, from 6/1 before the semi-finals, to evens with Betfred.
Olly Murs is now in direct competition with Sir Tom Jones, as they’re the only two to have any acts left for the finale.
The 17-year old from Cornwall has fought her way through with her soft, angelic voice which can adapt to all-sorts. She’s had some personal issues throughout the competition but has come back fighting. She stunned us with Lady Gaga’s ‘I’ll Never Love Again’ from A Star is Born. Perhaps the song choice, both in its lyrical nature and the title of the film, was chosen as a signal of what she feels her success could bring.
Hats off to her, she can nail the contrast between soft and powerful, hitting high notes effortlessly. It’s no surprise she’s topping The Voice betting odds, as she is a sweetheart. It’s all down to what and how well she sings on Saturday.
It was a close call for Bethzienna after she was defeated by Cedric in the battles. She was brought back as the wildcard for the live shows, and it’s lucky she got this second chance, as she’s beaten Cedric, who she got knocked out by, into the finals! Madness.
Singing ‘You Don’t Own Me’, she gave us 100% attitude while walking over the hands of her dancers at head height. We had a superstar performance, and she did herself proud in bagging a worthy spot in the final.
From Winehouse in the blind auditions to Adele in the battles, we knew she could turn her voice to anything. What I discovered at the semi-finals was that she’s nailed the distinction of soft and strong alongside one another. Deana sang Eva Cassidy’s ‘Autumn Leaves’ and it was incredible. She even had Sir Tom choking up, that’s when you know it’s more than brilliant.
Proof not to judge a book by its cover, this tomboy can sing whatever she wants and smash it out of the park. She’s hovering around the second favourite position in The Voice odds, so it is all to play for on Saturday.
What a journey Jimmy has had. After a fruitless blind audition last year, he came back fighting and has made it through to the live finals!
It’s not been plain sailing, though, as he was beaten in the battles, but Olly came to the rescue and saved him. He has a distinct voice and clearly knows what works best for him, so when he came out in the semi’s he sang Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’, soft as an angel. He then jumped up onto the piano and ripped his shirt off when it kicked in.
Jimmy seemed so confident and powerful, it will be tough to out-do this for the finals, but we shall see. Coming in as the third favourite at the time of writing, the competition is tight and could go in any direction on the night.
The Voice odds: One Final Push
Interestingly, in the first year that The Voice has introduced trios to the competition, we’ve not got any in the final. NXTGEN were the only trio to make it to the semi-finals, but we’ve just got solo acts in the finals now.
I feel that some semi-finalists were let down by song choices, so let’s hope that the songs decided for each finalist are perfectly suited to their voices, whether a risk or not.
The Voice odds to win could even fluctuate during the show as we see each act perform, so you can see how well your choices are doing and if you backed them at the right time.
If your pick was knocked out at the semis, this is your last chance to have a bet on The Voice UK 2019 champion! It’s Olly vs. Tom in the running for winning coach, and with Sir Tom carrying last year’s victory, we wonder if he will keep the title or if Olly will snatch it from him at the last moment.
Here are the best odds ahead of the final:
- Molly Hocking – Evens with Betfred
- Deana – 5/2 with Ladbrokes
- Jimmy Balito – 5/1 with 888 Sport
- Bethzienna Williams – 12/1 with Unibet
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Laura has been sharing her opinions on all kinds of popular culture for over a year, with a strong focus on great music and questionable TV. A massive Geordie who has a love of all things Newcastle United, when she isn't sprinting across the Tyne Bridge to St James Park, we normally find her in-front of the TV watching Shrek, Coronation Street or Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.