The Voice UK: Emeli Sandé, Robbie Williams bookies’ favourites to take over from Jessie J, Danny O’Donoghue; Simon Cowell brings up the rear

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Another The Voice UK shaped bombshell was dropped today when it was announced that The Script frontman, Danny O’Donoghue will not be resuming his position as a coach on the next series of the show.

With the news that Jessie J will not be returning as well, it seems Emeli Sandé and Robbie Williams are the bookies’ favourites to replace the pair.

In a press release issued by Ladbrokes today, Emeli Sandé and Robbie Williams are currently the favourites to step in for Jessie and Danny next year, with odds of 5/1 and 6/1, respectively.

Emeli Sandé had a mammoth 2012 with the release of her debut album, which literally took the world by storm. Robbie Williams has also enjoyed success, most recently with a recent sell out stadium tour under his belt.

Aside from Sandé and Williams, Paloma Faith follows closely behind in third place with odds of 7/1 with Robbie’s new best pal Olly Murs not far behind with odds of 8/1.

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Other celebs on the list include Rita Ora (11/1), Alicia Keys (14/1), Mark Owen (14/1), Bruno Mars (14/1) and Mel B (16/1).

An interesting name on this list is Cheryl Cole and what’s more interesting is that she only has odds of 16/1 at the moment, meaning all the stars mentioned above are more favourite to take up a role than Cheryl is… Really, Bruno Mars is more likely to take over than Cheryl? With Will on the panel, I thought she might have been a tad further up.

Rihanna, Jason Derulo, Ellie Goulding, David Bowie and Ed Sheeran also feature on the list. However, bringing up the rear is The X Factor mogul, Simon Cowell with odds of 100/1.

I’m not a betting man, but even I think it’s safe to say I won’t be putting my money on Simon Cowell becoming the new Jessie J.

But, it is not yet clear whether and Tom Jones will be sticking with the show yet either, as none of them have confirmed they will 100% be returning for the new series. Tom did say in an interview earlier in the year that for any of them to continue, all four coaches would have to return… so who knows?

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Elsewhere, people are also betting on the future of The Voice UK. It seems that more people think the format will be cancelled by the end of 2014… talk about the optimism of the British public!

‘Yes the Voice will be cancelled by the end of 2014’ has odds of 4/6 with ‘No it won’t’ having odds of 11/10.

Check out the full list of names and odds, below:

Emeli Sandé – 5/1
Robbie Williams – 6/1
Paloma Faith – 7/1
Olly Murs – 8/1
Lemar – 10/1
Rita Ora – 11/1
Pixie Lott – 12/1
Rod Stewart – 12/1
Mark Owen – 14/1
Alicia Keys – 14/1
Bruno Mars – 14/1
Mel B – 16/1
Cheryl Cole – 16/1
Florence Welch – 16/1
Jamie Cullum – 18/1
Ellie Golding – 20/1
Ed Sheeran –  25/1
Jason Derulo – 33/1
Rihanna – 33/1
David Bowie – 50/1
Simon Cowell – 100/1

Nick Barnes

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