The latest series of ‘The Voice UK’ is currently being shown on ITV. This often confusing pale imitation of ‘The X-Factor’ is at the Battle Rounds stage. Despite that title it’s nowhere near as exciting as ‘Game of Thrones.’ The show is as likely to find the next big singing star as ‘Dancing on Ice’ is going to find the next Torvill and Dean.
There are four managers (not sure what the difference is between that and a mentor) in the series. There’s Sir Tom Jones, Olly Murs, Jennifer Hudson and will. i. am. all hoping their singers will win the trophy, celebrate and still be recognized a year later. The latter of those three doesn’t always happen. Go on, name last year’s winner, no nor could I.
Whatever Happened To?
Sir Tom Jones was the first winning manager back in 2012. Leanne Mitchell was the winning singer and went on to release a debut album that was described as a “huge flop,” well it did only get to number 134 in the UK charts. She’s now back working as a holiday camp singer. Jones had three runners-up before finally getting a second winner in 2018 with Ruti Olajugbagbe who’s yet to release a debut album.
Can Sir Tom Jones make it two wins in a row? It’s not looking too good for the Welsh legend and he’s 11/2 (6.5) at BoyleSports to manage the triumphant (and probably never heard of again) winner.
Cedric Has a Chance
His best hope seems to be with Cedric Neal who’s 10/1 (11.0) with SkyBet to be the 2019 winner. He has a West End career already having appeared in the musical ‘Motown.’ The Brighton resident is probably more likely to end up singing at local pub Bar Broadway, rather than make it to New York.
There was an emotional moment for Jones, when he chose to manage Peter Donegan. He knew the young singers father, the late great Lonnie Donnegan. His son doesn’t play the skiffle board though and is 16/1 (17.0) at William Hill to give Tom another win.
Hudson is Current Favourite
Current favourite to be the winner is Nicole Dennis who’s managed by Jennifer Hudson. Dennis is currently in the West End understudying the same role Hudson had in ‘Dreamgirls.’ Dennis is 11/4 (3.75) at William Hill to be the winner with Hudson 6/4 (2.5) favourite to be top manager ahead of Sir Tom.