Following her impressive rendition of Get Here by Oleta Adams on Saturday’s first live show, talented 20-year-old soul singer Ruth Brown has joined Jaz Ellington as joint favourite to win the inaugural series of The Voice in the UK.
Both acts are currently at 3/1 to win with a number of leading bookmakers, which is a remarkable comeback for Brown, given that leading online betting comparison site Oddschecker.com can reveal that the Londoner had odds as long as 40/1 with Sky Bet, after nearly failing to make it through her blind audition.
So far this series, Jaz Ellington has been the clear favourite, after impressing the judges at his first audition with The A Team and reducing Jessie J and Will.i.am to tears. The 27-year-old gospel singer was as short as 5/1 to win following his blind audition and has remained in the top spot ever since.
Saturday’s show saw all five of Sir Tom Jones’ contestants perform alongside Will.i.am’s contestants to keep their place in the contest. After finding themselves in the bottom two following a public vote, Folk duo Matt & Sueleen have seen their odds lengthen from 50/1 ahead of the live shows, to 100/1 this week.
Equally, soul singer Joelle Moses also found herself in the bottom two, and despite being saved by mentor Will.i.am, Moses’ odds are now 40/1, compared to 12/1 ahead of Saturday’s show. Sophie Griffin and Sam Buttery were the first acts to be voted off.
The Voice UK continues tonight at 7:10pm on BBC One and BBC One HD