Cover story: Fi­nal four face off in The Voice grand fi­nal ...

Rank out­sider Ross says he’s out to ‘de­rail this puppy’, writes Dar­ren Cartwright

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THE Voice fi­nal­ist Danny Ross may be the rank out­sider to win the re­al­ity se­ries but he still re­mains hope­ful of caus­ing a huge up­set.

Vic­to­rian teenager Har­ri­son Craig is sit­ting at ‘‘Black Caviar’’ odds to win the Nine Net­work’s re­al­ity se­ries, ac­cord­ing to on­line book­mak­ers.

Craig, 18, is the youngest of the four grand fi­nal­ists who were cho­sen on Mon­day’s show.

Also through to the fi­nal are folk singer Celia Pavey, the only fe­male re­main­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion, and Queens­lan­der Luke Kennedy.

Craig al­ready has two songs sit­ting at the top of the iTunes chart fol­low­ing his per­for­mance on Mon­day.

Each down­load is worth two votes to the re­spec­tive artist and fans can also vote via SMS.

Over­all he has five of the 26 most down­loaded songs on iTunes chart.

But Ross, who is be­ing coached by Joel Mad­den, knows hav­ing songs in the iTunes charts is def­i­nitely help­ful but not the be-all, end-all of win­ning.

The New South Welsh­man won through to the grand fi­nal de­spite hav­ing not charted as well on iTunes as his semi-fi­nal op­po­nent Kiy­omi Vella.

‘‘Kiy­omi had headed me in the charts by three songs the whole time and I def­i­nitely had planned my thank-yous,’’ Ross says.

‘‘I truly wasn’t ex­pect­ing to hear my name get read out.’’

While he has had the ex­pe­ri­ence of win­ning against the pat­tern of the iTunes charts, he ad­mits that it will be tough to beat Craig.

‘‘iTunes is pre­dom­i­nantly re­flec­tive of what is go­ing to hap­pen, es­pe­cially en masse now that down­loads from each round are on ag­gre­gate,’’ he says.

Kennedy cur­rently holds down fifth and sev­enth spot on iTunes, Pavey is sit­ting in 10th and Ross’s first en­try on the iTunes chart is at num­ber 31.

Yet he is op­ti­mistic about his chances and rel­ish­ing the chance to sing with Mad­den dur­ing the grand fi­nal show.

‘‘I re­ally wanted to sing with Joel and my mantra was to ride this train un­til there was no more track,’’ Ross says.

‘‘So it looks like I’m go­ing to the end of the track and I’m go­ing to de­rail this puppy.’’

Seal, who coached Karise Eden to her stun­ning vic­tory last year, teaches Craig, while Delta Goodrem’s hope of coach­ing her first win­ner rests with Pavey and Ricky Martin is in charge of Kennedy.

Craig was $2.30 favourite be­fore Mon­day’s semi-fi­nal and has now short­ened to $1.10 with book­mak­ers sports­bet.com.au, cen­tre­bet.com.au and sport­ing­bet.com.au.

While Craig’s odds have dra­mat­i­cally short­ened, the other three fi­nal­ists have blown out in the mar­ket.

Kennedy is now $7 (out from $4.50), Pavey has drifted from $3 to $13 and Ross is the out­sider at $81.

The win­ner of se­ries two will win $100,000 in prize money, a singing con­tract and a car.

The Voice: Mon­day, 7.30pm, Nine, NBN.

Grand fi­nal­ists Har­ri­son Craig, Danny Ross, Celia Pavey and Luke Kennedy

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