Every season in American idol, sports books take the chance that they may have to pay out big when the competition is over. Odds makers create lines when the live shows start, but by the end, it is usually one of the contestants that started with long odds that wins the competition.
Several years ago, Kris Allen came from being a 60/1 long shot to the new American Idol. For those who jumped on the bandwagon early enough, a large pay day was awaiting at the end. The same thing occurred when Lee DeWyze won last year.
This season, it is James Durbin that is picking up steam as the competition heads for home. Durbin was not a favorite when the odds were released, holding odds of 17/1. Those odds have now shrunk to 2.5/1, and some analysts believe Durbin may be the favorite in coming weeks.
“If he continues to impress the judges with his performances, and America continues to keep him out of the bottom three, James will likely be the favorite heading into the final couple of shows,” said Analyst Brad Dawkins. “It will be an interesting stretch run.”
Scotty McCreery is currently the betting favorite, with even money odds. McCreery has used his country rasp to accumulate millions of fans across the US. McCreery started out the competition as a 10/1 choice.
Lauren Alaina, one of only two women left in the competition, is the third choice at sports books. Alaina currently has odds of 3/1. Alaina has gotten much of her support from the youth of America, with adults leaning towards Jacob Lusk, a 14/1 choice.
Casey Abrams, saved by the judges in an earlier show, has been strong since America voted him off and the judges let him back in the competition. Abrams is a 12/1 choice, and Haley Reinhart is the long shot of the final six, with odds of 15/1.