by Bodog - 08/24/2005
Today, Bodog posted odds on two of the most popular reality television series of the summer: So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars.
The online sportsbook, casino and poker site, now considered the "go to" source for television proposition bets, has seen a surge in the amount of betting on summer reality shows.
"At first, critics expected both of these shows to be highly underwhelming," says Calvin Ayre, Founder and CEO of Bodog. "It turns out that these shows defied odds and became two of the summer's biggest television hits."
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For Fox TV's So You Think You Can Dance, 16 candidates - all of whom are skilled in numerous types of dances, such as ballroom, salsa and jive - are randomly paired, and asked to perform a pre-selected style of dance. Each dance pair has one week to practice their routine before being judged by the viewing audience. The show's popularity has rapidly grown, and the remaining episodes will see the dancers compete for the title of "best dancer". Currently, the favorite is Blake McGrath at 2/1 odds.
ABC's Dancing with the Stars series, which had 22 million viewers tune in to its summer season finale, recently announced a re-match dance between Kelly Monaco ( General Hospital ) and John O'Hurley ( Seinfeld ) to determine, once again, who should be crowned the best celebrity dancer.
The show stirred some debate this summer after Kelly Monaco was named its winner. Her competitor, O'Hurley, was expected to win because Monaco's run to the title was less than ideal. O'Hurley's fans questioned the judges' motives, and rumors of manipulation ensued. General Hospital, which features Monaco in the role of Samantha McCall, also airs on the ABC network. The "dance-off" is set for Sept. 20.