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Taylor's ''Idol'' Bandwagon Gains Speed...

By RD Heldenfels Published: May 24, 2006

In my previous post I noted that has Taylor easily beating Katharine in the viewer vote. Here's another indication of where sentiment is, from today's e-mail, from the PinnacleSports betting folks:

Entering Tuesday’s episode, Hicks was a solid 1/2 favorite to win the hit reality series, while McPhee was a 9/5 underdog. After performing considerably better than McPhee and having Simon Cowell declare he’s the next American Idol, bettors have flocked to to back the grey-haired crooner from Alabama. Following a frenzied night of betting where 90% of the money bet was on Hicks, the odds on Taylor have dropped substantially and he’s now an overwhelming 2/13 favorite to be named the next American Idol. Meanwhile, believes “McPheever” has gone cold, listing Katharine as a 5/1 long shot to win the country’s largest talent search. If McPhee should win, it would mark a major upset along the lines of Buster Douglas beating Mike Tyson for the heavyweight title in 1990.

Katharine fans could take comfort from the fact that Buster Douglas did beat Mike Tyson, but it sure doesn't feel as if an upset is in the making. (And I liked Katharine better on Tuesday night, as you can see below.) Instead, tonight we'll take a long, slow ride toward something we already know.

And it's not just Pinnacle. Here's the latest from

American Idol odds are changing at Taylor Hicks remains the favorite – but the margin is growing! He has also far surpassed Katherine McPhee as the bettors favorite – now 45 per cent of wagers back the



Revised American Idol Odds

                        Odds               Betting Trend

Hicks              1-7                  45.0%

McPhee          4-1                  24.2%

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