Which Reality TV Shows Will Still Go Ahead in 2020?

Which Reality TV Shows Will Still Go Ahead in 2020?
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The award-winning 2019 cast of Strictly Come Dancing, which looks set to have a 2020 series

In what is sure to be a hectic close to 2020 there are still some massively popular TV gameshows scheduled to take place later in the year.

The BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here are mega and it looks as though even a global pandemic cannot stand in their way of a 2020 series.

According to their broadcasters, both will go ahead, although Covid-19 means there will be some considerable changes to the normal formats of both shows.

For starters, Strictly is likely to start in October which means it will run for nine weeks instead of its normal 13. I’m a Celebrity, meanwhile, may skip the traditional visit to Australia and could be filmed in rural Scotland.

That said, specials betting kingpins Ladbrokes quote a price of 5/1 on the ITV show being filmed in the Highlands, with the traditional setting Down Under still a firm favourite at 1/4.

Who Will Take Part?

At present there are no confirmed contestants but the bookmakers are happy to offer odds on who will take part in either series.

Paddy Power believe Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing is the most likely of all celebrities to take to the Strictly dance floor. A late withdrawal through injury last year, he’s just 4/9 in their ‘who will take part’ book.

Other odds-on shots for Strictly participation are Vanessa White, Jack P Shepard and Emily Atack.

As for I’m A Celebrity, there’s even more odds-on candidates within the ‘who will take part’ markets.

Boylesports believe Vernon Kay is a near formality, offering a prohibitive 1/6 about the Family Fortunes presenter. He’s not quoted with rival firms but they have their own ideas about who has already signed a contract to appear.

Mark Ian Hoyle, Ricky Hatton, Paul Merson, Mark Labbett and AJ Pritchard are amongst those trading as odds-on to take part in the 20th series of the show, which averaged 10.6 million viewers per episode in 2019.

Delayed TV You Can Bet On

Meanwhile, ITV’s The Voice did manage to pre-record and broadcast its auditions but its live semi-finals and finals are now postponed and, similarly, Britain’s Got Talent auditions have also been aired, but the live parts of the show are waiting to be broadcast.

The Voice has never been a major betting event and even now it is hard to find many online bookmakers offering odds on the 2020 edition.

The Betfair Exchange is one of the few places where you will find a market and it shows Jonny Brooks – one of 'Team Tom Jones' – trading as the marginal favourite.

But there’s never been a shortage of places to bet on Britain’s Got Talent and this year all the major firms are in agreement singer Beth Porch is the performer to beat.

Beth Has The Backstory BGT Loves

The 6/5 favourite with William Hill is an NHS paediatric nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital who played guitar and sang about her work during her audition.

Anyone representing the NHS would surely be a popular winner this year and as the show traditionally provides us with a winner which has a backstory – such as Colin Thackery, last year’s winner who was an 89-year-old Chelsea Pensioner – she will certainly take some beating.

Factor in the significant fact that her original audition song was subsequently released as a single to raise money for the NHS during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, and that she has also contracted Covid-19 herself through her work since appearing on the TV screens, and her short price seems justified.

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