Strictly vs X Factor – Who Dares, Gambles!
This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
Saturday night clash of the titans – BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing went up against ITV’s or should I really call it Simon Cowell’s X-Factor head to head. It’s reported Simon Cowell, the show’s impressario and ratings winner is fuming that the UK’s BBC public broadcaster has targeted his audience so head on. Both shows have been the top ratings winners for their respective channels these past few years and the UK bookies are not just taking bets on who will win these talent shows, but which show will indeed win the biggest audience now too.
It’s part and parcel of ‘Celebrity’ or otherwise known ‘Event’ gambling, which is the fastest growing area of the gaming industry at present. The plethora of TV reality contests over the past few years has created more and more weekly betting opportunities for a public who believe they know more on these subjects than other gambling opportunities like sport or casinos.
Bookmakers in the UK report a steep increase in weekly and series long wagers. The contestants aren’t the only source of the bets laid; their actions and those of the judges are also minutely considered too, even down to the number of catch phrases, colour of outfit or eyebrow raises!
Which one is your favourite and who will win over the Autumn up to Christmas. We’d love your comments and best bets you’ve found too for these shows.