Thursday, February 03, 2011

Is Johnson Beharry Topping The Dancing On Ice Vote?

While we wait to hear further about the ongoing negotiations between Endemol and Channel 5's Richard Desmond, the story of the week in Special Bets land has to be Tom Savage of The Daily Star's revelation that Victoria Cross carrying war hero Johnson Beharry has topped the public vote more than once..

In typical Tom Savage fashion, the article breathlessly reveals Beharry has been "... getting up to double the number of votes of his nearest rival" (presumably Sam Attwater) that "Comedy" Dave Vitty is winning only 4% of the vote some weeks and also that rapper Vanilla Ice is "struggling".

How is it that Beharry could be doing so well? Simple Reality TV psychology could explain it..

Sam Attwater - Marking Time until the final?

This year, the contestant with the most skating ability - Sam Attwater - is so far ahead on the leaderboard each week it is difficult to imagine why viewers should feel they need to phone to vote for him at this stage. Attwater is very unlikely to be in the bottom 2 given he tops the judges' scores and if he did find himself in that position he would very likely be saved.

Beharry presents a different picture entirely. Each week the permanently-damaged ex-soldier puts together a decent but low-scoring performance. The viewers are aware of his huge struggle to even get on the ice and in a likely low vote numbers situation, Beharry could be top even with quite a small amount of votes.

Bet on Johnson Beharry surviving another week only at

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