How the Bookies See it:
Winner: Missing People Choir 6/4, Tokio Myers 11/4, Issy Simpson 7/1, The Pensionalities 9/1, Sarah Ikumu 10/1 - Bet365
Missing People Choir - Made up of individuals who know loved ones who have vanished, the choir has been favourite with the bookies since performing a heart-wrenching audition.
Tokio Myers - An innovative pianist who combines classical and modern music, Myers impressed the judges and the public with his semi-final performance.
The Pensionalities - A couple of elderly man who have warmed the hearts of viewers with their friendship and heartfelt songs.
Sarah Ikumu - Catapulted straight into the live shows when Simon Cowell pressed the golden buzzer after her powerful version of And I Am Telling You, she surprisingly only came third in her semi-final but could receive a wildcard into Saturday's finale.
Kyle Tomlinson - A 15-year-old who won David Walliams over with his emotional performance of Hallelujah in the auditions and sailed through his semi-final.
Issy Simpson - An eight-year-old magician who has impressed with a variety of tricks, leaving Cowell unable to pick up a small empty box and apparently reading the minds of the judges.
Matt Edwards - A comedy magician with a similar manic style to Lee Evans, Edwards was Ant and Dec’s golden buzzer act in the auditions.
It is easy to understand why the bookies are backing the Missing People Choir as the group’s story connects so strongly with the voting public, but in terms of pure talent they do not match up to some of the previous winners and their status as favourites does not make them a particularly appealing option for punters. However, the standard has been remarkably poor this year and some of the acts to have made it through to the final have even surprised the judges.
Another win for a magician cannot be ruled out, after Richard Jones somehow won last year with a trick that was about as deft as the ‘coin behind the ear’ routine. It is a shame that Japanese showman Tanba was neglected in favour of less extravagant acts, but young Issy Simpson could be one to watch as she has an endearing charm which has seen her likened to a real-life Hermione Granger. Out of the variety acts, there could be a lot of support for comedian Daliso Chaponda or pianist Tokio Myers.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Issy Simpson to win Britain’s Got Talent - 8/1 at Betfred
*Please note, odds may fluctuate.