American Idol: Countdown to the Finale - Page 2
Richard -“I don't think it will really affect anything too much, the finale is the finale and will surely be watched by everyone who has been watching the show all season and then some. However, when doing odds on something like this predicting how the public will vote is much more important than what the judges say or how we think they actually did in their performances.”
Q: Idol ratings and voting was slightly down last season and there has been much brouhaha over the new judges and re-energizing of the Idol brand this year. What changes have you seen this season in level of interest as it relates to the sportsbook?
Richard -“By far the biggest bet event this Season in my experience in this business as far as entertainment betting, and I agree that it is correlated to the raise in the viewers and voting.”
Interesting, so the Pros have Scotty taking home the title in a landslide, but leave the door open for an upset. They confirm that the casting and production changes made this year have driven more money to voting, as I suspected from this year’s ratings.
So what will we see on Tuesday night? Each of the singers will get to perform three songs. First, they’ll sing a tune of their own choosing. Next, Simon Fuller, the show’s creator, will weigh in and select a song for each Idol. Finally, the Finalists will sing the newly created Idol songwriter’s number, which will be released as the winner’s first single. It should be a great night, although it may sound a bit more like The Next Nashville Star, than American Idol, given the country orientation of both of this year’s finalists.
For me, I’ll say that I think both of the contestants are likeable, talented and wholesome American kids. Neither were my favorite to be sure, but I only voted a few times. As of now, I believe Scotty will win, but I’m sure they’ll both have successful Nashville careers, no matter how it all goes down. The finale performances always have a few surprises though and certainly the producers can manipulate us a bit with song choices, so it is not over until it’s over. Be sure to watch it all unfold on Fox!