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
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