The 2015 series of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here started on Sunday night with loveable Geordies Ant and Dec once more hosting the ever-popular reality show. Betting on reality TV is now big business and the best betting sites in the industry have a range of odds on I’m a Celebrity so read on as we preview the series ahead, offer up our predictions and betting tips and bring you the best available odds.
Betting on the outright winner of reality shows such as IACGMOOH (as just about nobody calls it!) is a tricky business because, unlike programmes such as the X Factor, the producers don’t have a vested interest in who does well and so there are fewer clues on which to base any judgements.
Moreover, whilst certain reality series have tended to favour a certain “type”, the winners of I’m a Celebrity have tended to vary greatly, with past winners including middle aged DJ Tony Blackburn, Kerry Katona, Carol Thatcher and Carl "Foggy" Fogarty. Those four would, perhaps, make for an interesting dinner party, but there is little else to unite them.
In 14 previous series of the show there have been 10 male winners and just four women, which could be a decent indicator of who might triumph in the outright betting this time. Whilst some patterns are simply coincidence, it’s easy enough to come up with a range of credible reasons why the trend of male winners could be more than just luck.
The top man in the outright betting is currently George Shelley, from X Factor castoffs Union J. Pop stars and reality show contestants have done well in the past too and so it’s easy to see why many are predicting great things from the boyish George and odds of 5/1 with Bet365 may be worth thinking about.
Tony Hadley, of Spandau Ballet fame, is the next man in the outright winner market, on offer at odds of 13/2 with Coral and whilst a decent case can be made for him, we feel his ego and macho nature may not make him such a popular choice. Most winners have shown a fragility that we don’t see in Hadley and at short odds we feel there is better value.
Much as men have dominated previous series of I’m a Celebrity, both the favourite and our main betting tip are women. The favourite this year is Hollyoaks blonde Jorgie Porter, priced at 10/3 with Bet365. Porter is likeable and somewhat tomboyish, despite her glamourous image, and is sure to be a favourite with both the public and her campmates. However, it’s worth noting that the “top-totty” female, alpha female, sexiest campmate, call her what you will, has never won in 14 previous series. We think she could, of course, buck that trend, but at such short odds we have to look elsewhere.
And so elsewhere we shall look. Our eyes moved further and further down the outright betting odds looking for one lady we’d marked as a possible contender and, to our huge surprise – and joy – we had to go all the way to the bottom of the odds to find Susannah Constantine. Constantine, of Trinny and Susannah fame, has demonstrated a dry sense of humour and great team attitude thus far and at odds of 28/1 with BetVictor she looks cracking value. She doesn’t quite tick all the right boxes but at odds of 28/1 she is our main betting tip and also worth an each way bet for a top three finish.Google+