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28 July 2005

WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Beginning with thousands of hopefuls from coast-to-coast, Canadian Idol has been narrowed down to just eight remaining finalists competing for a major recording contract and the adoration of millions of fans. With millions of viewers making Canadian Idol the country's most-watched (English-speaking) Canadian series ever, the show's loyal fans remain captivated by the search for Canada's next Kalan Porter. With high demand from Canadian customers, today became the first company to offer odds on who'll be named the next Canadian Idol.

The largest sports betting site on the Internet, has created individual odds on each of the remaining finalists winning a major recording contract. Newfoundland's Rex Goudie continued to impress the judges this past week and has been tabbed as the favorite to become Canada's next pop idol at 7/4 odds (i.e., win $7 for every $4 bet). After this week's rousing rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" received high praise from the judges, rocker Suzi Rawn solidified herself as a serious contender and is listed with the second best odds to win Canadian Idol at 7/2 odds. believes that Amber Fluery's strong voice makes her a solid competitor, listing the Calgary native at 7/1 to win the recording contract. High school student Casey LeBlanc (15/2), Ontario native Aaron Walpole (9/1) and musician/songwriter Josh Palmer (9/1) are in the middle of the pack, while Melissa O'Neill (92/1) and Daryl Brunt (92/1) are distant long shots to win the competition.

"The last edition of American Idol was easily the most popular entertainment event with our bettors and after receiving numerous inquiries from our Canadian customers, we expect wagering on Canadian Idol to be a hit with our players," said Simon Noble of "With ever glowing reviews from the judges, strong support from the viewing public together with looks, stage presence and talent to match, we believe Rex personifies what an "idol" should be. Although Suzi blew away the judges with her last performance, the resident rocker faces a tough task as she must win over fans from outside of her genre to win the competition." will be offering betting options on Canadian Idol throughout the remainder of the series until the show's finale. All current odds are subject to change.

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