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Bet on the Next American Idol at

11 March 2003

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua – (Press Release) -- The second edition of the nation's biggest talent search has picked up where the first American Idol left off, captivating over 10 million loyal viewers per show. Last week the latest installment of FOX's hit series was narrowed down to a field of 12 finalists competing for a major record deal. The first company to accept wagers on the original American Idol, today announced odds on who will win the newest edition of the hit reality series.

A leading offshore gaming company for over 10 years, has created individual odds on which of the finalists will be selected as the next pop superstar. Currently, lists Clay Aiken as the favorite to win the recording contract at 3/1 odds (i.e., win $3 for every $1 bet) followed closely by Joshua Gracen at 13/4 odds. Corey Clark (5/1), Treynece (5/1), Ruben Studdard (6/1), Rickey Smith (8/1) and Kimberley Locke (10/1) also appear to have a chance to be destined for pop stardom. The remaining finalists have been listed by as long shots to be selected as the next American Idol, which include Charles Grigsby (12/1), Vanessa Olivarez (12/1), Julia DeMato (15/1), Kimberly Caldwell (15/1) and Carmen Rasmusen (25/1).

"Being the first bookmaker in the world to offer betting options on the original American Idol, we have already had demand from customers wishing to wager on the latest installment of the show," said Simon Noble, CEO of "From the preliminary rounds, it's apparent that Clay and Joshua have the talent to win the recording contract while captivating both the voting public and the show's judges." will be offering betting options on American Idol throughout the remainder of the series until the show's finale.

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