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American Idol 2011 Begins, Online Gambling To Follow

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American Idol has become one of the most popular reality competitions to place bets on at online sports books, and the fever will again pick up in the near future. The 2011 edition of American Idol began on Wednesday, and gamblers have already started to pick their favorites.

The highlights of the new American Idol surround the judges table. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have joined Randy Jackson at the table, while Kara DioGuardi, Ellen DeGeneres, and Simon Cowell have departed from the show. The turnover has received a lot of press over the past six months.

“I thought the judges were great tonight,” said Maryann Gerber. “Steven Tyler did much better than I anticipated, and J Lo was great. I love watching the first few shows, gives me a feel of how much fun everyone had during the audition process.”

Gamblers may have fallen in love with certain contestants, but there is a strong chance that many of the contestants that were shown on the first episode will not make the final rounds. The sports books will not post odds until the shows go live later this fall. At that time, odds will be determined based on popularity and judge’s comments during the early shows.

In the past couple of years, gamblers who have taken chances early have been rewarded late. Lee DeWyze and Kris Allen both had odds of over 10/1 when the live shows started. In the case of Allen, he was a 60/1 choice. By the end of the competition, Allen became one of the betting favorites, and gamblers who played the winner at 60/1 were paid nicely by the sports books.

American Idol started the online gambling revolution on reality television, but other shows are also now popular. Dancing with the Stars has become a favorite, and So You Think You Can Dance now has odds at some sports books as well.