Betting on American Idol Continues

The recent COVID-19 crisis has put the sports betting world on pause, but the search for the next American Idol continues.

The singing show that America has learned to love suffered a minor setback due to the coronavirus. This season, the third on ABC, began with rounds of auditions in a variety of cities around the U.S. Those contestants that received the “Golden Ticket” moved on to the Hollywood Round and 40 singers advanced to the Showcase Round in Hawaii.


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All of those rounds were prerecorded with the final Showcase Round broadcast on April 5. The latest two American Idolepisodes aired on April 12 and April 19 and featured recaps of the Top 20 (actually Top 21) performers. It was also revealed which of the final two singers would advance to make it an official Top 20. More on that later.

The Show Must Go On

At this point in the season, American Idol episodes are usually broadcast live from its own studio Television City in Los Angeles. With the current coronavirus problem and stay-at-home orders in effect in a number of states, that is just not possible.

The show will go on, however, and the 20 finalists will compete via remote video.

Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan will judge from their homes and host Ryan Seacrest and in-house mentor Bobby Bones will also appear from their homes. How it all comes together is anyone’s guess, but sometime in May we will have a new American Idol.

Odds Unchanged

Heading into the Top 20, the odds to win the competition remain unchanged. Bettors can get in on the action at -115 for a male contestant to win. The same odds (-115) are available for a wager on a female contestant to win.

Remember, at last point the judges couldn’t make a decision on the final two competitors looking for a berth in the final Top 20. Both contestants were female, which means the competition is left with 11 females and nine males.

Coach Likes Grace

The final two contestants from the Showcase Round – the ones that made it too hard on the judges – were Grace Leer and Lauren Mascitti.

Both call Nashville home.

Mascitti, 28, is engaged to Shawn Camp who is well-known throughout country music for writing hits for the likes of Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, and Loretta Lynn.


Lauren Mascitti Woos the Judges With Original Song - American Idol 2020


Leer competed on American Juniors (also hosted by Seacrest) at age 11. Now at age 27, Leer wooed the judges and America with her renditons of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”

In the end, America chose Leer to move on, which Coach Rick likes. She has outstanding range and can sing anything from country to rock. Plus, she is from the south.

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Remember Your Geography

When placing your American Idol wagers, remember a contestant’s hometown plays a role. The show’s ratings are higher in the southern states. As a result, contestants who call the south home have won the competition 70 percent of the time.

Leer is from Nashville. Fellow competitor Cyniah Elise, who is just 17, hails from Atlanta. Elise sang “Lady Marmalade” in the Showcase and, while good, Coach knows she is no Christina or, for all the traditionalists following along, she’s no Patti LaBelle.

Three more young females call the south home. Kimmy Gabriela (17) is from Tampa, Aliana Jester (18) hails from Tampa, and Faith Becnel (20) is from Destrehan, Louisiana. All are solid competitors, but none stand out.

A Loaded Six-String on My Back

Now, remember Coach likes his music. He likes to dabble with his own six-string. He also likes winners. If you recall, American Idol likes “guitar guys.” Ten of eleven male winners of the show are guitar players. 

With that in mind, we focus on the male favorites.

People love Arthur Gunn (21), which sounds much better than his real name of Dibesh Pokharel. He is reminiscent of one of last year’s favorites, Alejandro Aranda, who finished as the runner-up.

Coach likes Gunn and “guitar guy” Franklin Boone, who did a unique cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and won plenty of people over with John Mayer’s “Daughter.” Coach likes Boone because, like other past winners, he is from the south – Durham, N.C.

Sticking with the American Idol image, another guitar guy might sneak into the favorite category. Francisco Martin, who hails from San Francisco (where else?), is 19 and is eerily similar to last year’s winner Laine Hardy.

American Idol Betting Odds

Female winner            -115

Male winner                 -115

Transgender winner    +1550

About the Author

A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.

His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.

When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.