American Idol Betting Odds: Who Will Win in 2023 - Predictions

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American Idol Betting Odds: Who Will Win in 2023 - Predictions
Brendan Luck Entertainment and Reality TV Editor

OLBG Entertainment Betting Specialist with a Wealth of Experience and Qualification in the Entertainment Industry

The 2023 season of American Idol has sparked a wave of anticipation and excitement from fans around the world! As viewers wait on edge for the results of the competition, there are plenty of opportunities for betting on who will win this year's title. With an array of talented contestants bringing something unique to their performances, there is no shortage of contenders vying for the crown. So let's get into it: What is betting on American Idol 2023? Who are this season's frontrunners? 

American Idol Betting Odds

The betting odds for American Idol are continually changing as each round progresses when the show is airing.

Each week a contestant is eliminated from the show and they drop of the betting market, odds changing for those contestants that remain.

It is not unusual to see a favorite right from the start who remains at the top or very near it throughout, but the favorite is not always the ultimate winner, so don't back the favorite blindly without considering everything we provide in this article to guide you on betting on American Idol.

American Idol Season 21 Current Betting Odds

Contestant Moneyline Probability
Iam Tongi 250 28.57%
We Ani 300 25.00%
Tyson Venegas 400 20%
Zachiariah Smith 450 18.18%
Nutsa 500 16.67%
Megan Danielle 600 14.29%
Colin Stough 600 14.29%
Oliver Steele 700 12.50%
Marybeth Byrd 700 12.50%

What is Betting on American Idol 2023

Betting on American Idol 2023 is an online gambling activity that allows people to make predictions and wagers on the outcome of the show. People can make predictions on a range of markets and place bets with online sportsbooks throughout the season, including who will win American Idol 2023. 

Betting on Entertainment shows is not new, but it is certainly growing in popularity as the wider public becomes more aware of online betting and in particular the ability to find betting odds on the outcome of these shows

American Idol Betting Markets

Betting on American Idol will see bettors choosing to predict the winner, who will be eliminated, and more. Here is a range of the types of bets that can be found, what they mean, and how to bet on them.

Generally there are two main markets

Overall Winner Market

Betting on the overall winner of American Idol is predicting who you think will get through to the live shows, beat off all competition with their singing and performance skills, and be victorious in the Grand Final of the show. The winner of this season of American Idol will take home a recording contract and a cash prize of $250,000

You will be able to make a bet on who will win throughout the season as it airs. The earlier you make your prediction the better odds that will be available, but the greater the risk as more contestants will be involved

To make a bet on the winner of the show, make a choice from the contestants and decide how much you want to wager.

Weekly Elimination

With these entertainment shows that have rounds where a contestant is eliminated weekly, it is often possible to find odds available on who the next eliminated contestant will be.

This is an exciting market that runs from week to week and the odds can be quite dynamic as the lineup changes weekly.

People especially love to predict who will be eliminated each week as that really is the focus of each show. Clues can be gained from previous poor performances or just scraping through the prior show at the expense of another contestant leaving.

Betting odds for the next American Idol Elimination are generally available a day or two after the last elimination, whilst oddsmakers reassess the remaining contestants

How to bet on American Idol (4 Steps)

To be able to place a bet on who will win American Idol or who the next eliminated contestant will be, we have to find a sportsbook offering odds on the show. We have a range of sportsbooks to check out and you may even be able to get a welcome bonus to make your first American Idol bet with.

Signing up to an online sportsbook takes about 2 minutes, and you'll need to give a username, password, some personal details like address and cell number, then a banking option for depositing and withdrawing cash

  1. You will find American Idol betting odds in the side menu under the Entertainment or perhaps Specials categories. (Be aware not all Sportsbooks will have betting odds available, but when you find one, just click on the show and the available markets to place bets on will appear)
  2. Select the market you wish to bet on, and then choose the contestant by clicking on the odds next to their name.
  3. The next step will be to decide how much money you want to wager on your choice, understanding an incorrect prediction will see this money lost.
  4. Once you have added your stake, you should see the potential return displayed if your prediction is correct. If you are happy with the choices, hit the bet now, or submit button to confirm the bet.

That's it, your bet on American Idol is complete and now all you have to do is watch the show and see how your predictions get on.

American Idol 2023 Contenders

So who are the contestants in American Idol 2023 - Let's take a look at the roster and find out a little more about them

Singer name Location Instagram Id
Elise Kristine Issaquah, WA elisekristine
Matt Wilson Buffalo, NY mattwilsonsings
Emma Busse Vancouver, BC emmaabussee
Elijah McCormick Raeford, NC musicbyelijahmc
Tyson Venegas Vancouver, BC tysonvenegas
William Tongi Kahuku, HI wtongi
Haven Madison Clarksville, TN havenmadisonsings
Colin Stough Amory, MS colinstough
Megan Danielle Douglasville, GA megandaniellemusic

Elise Kristine

Elise is a graduate of Issaquah High School in Washington State and currently lives in Orem, Utah. She has built up an impressive profile on TikTok, where she has nearly 600,000 followers and more than 13 million likes, thanks to her singing and comedic abilities. Her most popular post features her singing the national anthem at her school’s 2021 graduation when she was a junior. Other hit posts include humorous lyrics written to well-known songs and mimicking the sneezes of Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish, Christina Aguilera and Ariana Grande. Additionally, Elise has released covers of popular songs such as “At Last”, “With You”, “Rise Up” and “Silent Night” which can be found online.

Matt Wilson

Matt is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Buffalo, New York who auditioned for American Idol and was one of three singers showcased at the American Music Awards. He has released six singles, including "For Tonight" and "I Can't Wait". Matt began singing at age 9 and attended the Buffalo School of Performing Arts, where he won a best actor Kenny Award for his performance in Les Miserables. Fans can follow Matt's musical journey on MW Productions YouTube channel, where they can find music tips and his impressive vocals.

Emma Busse

Emma is a graduate of Notre Dame Regional Secondary School in Vancouver, British Columbia. She won their 2020 Got Talent competition with covers of Whitney Houston songs and was the lead actor in their production of Beauty and the Beast. Post-high school she planned to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Alexa has a cover of “Ceilings” by Lizza McAlpine on TikTok and has not released any original music as yet.

Elijah McCormick

Elijah is a contestant on the 21st season of American Idol who secured America’s Platinum ticket by receiving the most votes during the audition. He sang “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts and has an inspiring backstory. Three hours after his high school graduation, he was involved in a head-on crash and spent 79 days in the hospital, undergoing 10 surgeries. He is now  fully recovered. He is a student and works as a medical technician, and also sings at weddings, birthdays, and in church.

Tyson Venegas

Tyson is a 17-year-old Filipino-Canadian singer whose music is heavily influenced by jazz. He began singing at the age of three and won the Canadian talent competition PNE Star Showdown when he was seven, becoming the show's youngest winner. He cites Nat King Cole, Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble, and Lizzo among his musical influences. Tyson competed on the second season of The Voice Teens in the Philippines at the age of 14 but had to drop out of the competition prior to the knockouts due to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic. Prior to this, he performed at Carnegie Hall and The Apollo in New York in 2016 and appeared on the TV show "Little Big Shots" in 2018. What he loves most about performing is making people happy and helping them forget their worries.

William Tongi

William is an 18-year-old musician of Tongan, Samoan, and Irish descent who was born and raised in Hawaii. He's a senior at Decatur High School in Washington State and has already released a single titled "Dreams" in 2020. William has shared other original songs on TikTok and has more than 76,000 followers and nearly 500,000 likes. His inspirations include his father Rodney, who came from a family of singers and passed away in late 2021. William started playing the ukulele in fifth grade and picked up the guitar as well. He specializes in love songs with a folk-indie vibe and says that music helps him focus and stay at peace.

Haven Madison

Haven is a high school student from Clarksville, Tennessee who auditioned for American Idol with a rendition of "Arcade" by Duncan Laurence. Although she wasn't selected for America's platinum ticket, she impressed the judges and earned a Golden Ticket to Hollywood. Haven has already released original music, including a four-song EP titled "All the Things I Didn't Say." Her most recent release is a song called "This Summer," accompanied by a music video. She is active on TikTok and has more than 4,500 followers and nearly 700,000 likes.

Colin Stough

Colin is a country singer from Gattmann, Mississippi who graduated from Hatley High School in Armory, Mississippi where he played on the football team. He works at Brown and Son Heat and Air near his home and has only covered songs by Chris Stapleton and Gavin DeGraw on his YouTube channel. However, he has posted snippets of original songs, including "Place for Me" and "Lucky," on his TikTok, where he has more than 1,000 followers.

Megan Danielle

Megan is a Christian singer-songwriter and former contestant on The Voice Season 18. She made it to the semifinals and auditioned with Adele's "Remedy," earning a spot on Team Kelly Clarkson. Since then, she has been performing as a worship singer and released a country single called "Top of the World." Megan released her first Christian single, "All Around," in 2022, as a tribute to her late grandfather. She announced that she's working on her first Christian EP. Her other release is a duet with Levi Watkins called "In the Rain." Megan and her four siblings were raised by a single mother, and she turned to music as a way of coping when her parents divorced. She describes music as bringing her peace and connection.

Oliver Steele

Oliver Steele is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Michigan, who grew up in Mount Juliet and now gigs around Nashville. He has not released music yet but is working on his debut album, which was influenced by his father, a blues guitar player. In 2021, he became affiliated with Breedlove guitars and performed So Far Sounds shows in Nashville and LA. He covered Jamey Johnson’s “In Color” to honor his father, and some of his originals can be heard on YouTube. Oliver cites Jack Johnson as his biggest influence and also describes himself as a "huge nerd" on TikTok where he posts videos of him dancing with his cat.

Dawson Wayne

Dawson Wayne Rice is a singer-songwriter from Katy, Texas. He featured on the song "With All My Heart," released as part of an annual youth album of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and previously attended BYU in Hawaii. After recording the song for the album, he plans to move to Utah and attend BYU in Provo, as well as continue his mission with the church in Nauvoo. Dawson has a passion for music and hopes to pursue a career in it while bringing positivity and encouragement to audiences. His TikTok features original songs and covers.

Malik Heard

Malik Davage is an 18-year-old former contestant on The Voice from Dallas, Texas. He joined Team Christina Aguilera after his blind audition performance of “Chains” by Nick Jonas and was then given a rare triple steal to swap teams to Team Pharrell Williams. His most memorable moment came in the battle round with Bryan Bautista when they performed “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” which has now been streamed over 1 million times on Spotify. Since then, he has posted several covers to YouTube and attracted over 5,000 followers on TikTok. As a child, Malik began sports but decided to pursue music during his sophomore year. During high school he sang in both acapella and chamber choirs as well as being part of Mane Attraction pop group and Fire House choir at his church.


Peter Gomez, aka Pjae, is a soul, jazz and pop artist from Oklahoma City. With over 500 followers on TikTok, he showcases his vocals but has not released music to streaming sites yet. He recently graduated from the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma and is currently working with the Song House on a song called “Be That Someone” which can be found on his YouTube channel along with other originals. He has also performed the national anthem at Oklahoma City Thunder games.

Nutsa Buzaladze

Nutsa is a 25-year-old pop artist from Dubai who has gained numerous accolades from singing competitions. In 2014, she won New Wave and in 2015, she turned four chairs on Turkey’s version of The Voice. Nutsa also participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017, “All Together Now” in 2020, and Kënga Magjike in 2021 where she won the international artist award. She has released music under her full name and as just Nutsa including an album called “Nutsa22” with 8 tracks and her recent releases “Let U Go”, “You Broke My Heart” and “We Are One”. With a large social media presence across Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, Nutsa's music reaches millions of people.

Zachariah Smith

Smith is a father of three hailing from Amory, Mississippi. He and his wife Crysta have been married for a long time and often share pictures and videos on social media. Smith performs gigs in Orlando with Crysta, singing old-school rock and soul numbers as well as some country music. Smith often shares glimpses into his family life on social media, talking about his love of being a father and performing live music in local restaurants. He is dedicated to spending time with his kids, emphasizing the importance of family.

Lucy Love

Lucy Love is a 28-year-old aspiring singer from Holly Grove, Arkansas. She auditioned for American Idol and after four tries, she received the golden ticket. Her style of singing is soulful and she also has a love for country music, making her able to sing any genre. When she was asked what it felt like to audition in front of the famous judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, she said she was confident but nervous. She knew it was all or nothing as she sang for them, hoping that something would come out of it.

Lucy Love is a 28-year-old aspiring singer from Holly Grove, Arkansas. She auditioned for American Idol and after four tries, she received the golden ticket. Her style of singing is soulful and she also has a love for country music, making her able to sing any genre. When she was asked what it felt like to audition in front of the famous judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, she said she was confident but nervous. She knew it was all or nothing as she sang for them, hoping that something would come out of it.

Marybeth Byrd

Marybeth is a 21-year-old from Armorel, Arkansas. She made it to the semifinals (Top 8) on Season 17 of The Voice at the age of 18 and has since worked as a radio host and vocal coach. Music was her refuge growing up as she suffered from a stutter, which she overcame by singing. Marybeth has won various singing competitions and in 2022 released her debut single “Truly Livin'” with a focus on those struggling with loss, followed by her second single “Just Ain't Right” in February 2021 anticipatory of Idol's Season 21 premiere.

Wé Ani

Wé is a young lady from Harlem, N.Y., who competed on Season 11 of The Voice as Wé McDonald at the age of 17, finishing third in the competition. Pre-Voice, she had performed at Carnegie Hall and the 50th anniversary of the Harlem School of the Arts, and twice won Amateur Night at the Apollo in New York. Since announcing the change of her stage name in July 2022, she has released five singles including “White Chocolate” and written a children’s book called "The Little Girl with a Big Voice", both advocating for self-confidence regardless of appearance.

Mariah Faith

Mariah Faith Drocella, a woman in her twenties from Baltimore, MD, currently residing in Conway, SC, is a popular TikTok creator, with over 47,000 followers and 1.4 million likes. She has been posting regularly on TikTok since 2020, and has prior musical experience, having performed in a musical revue show in 2018. In 2019, she sang at her father's funeral, and has since struggled with alcoholism. However, she has been celebrating her newfound sobriety on social media, and recently posted about her journey to become sober. Mariah has been promoting her recent American Idol audition, where she showcased her strong and emotive sound.

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Olivia Soli

Olivia is a pop singer from Los Angeles in her early 20s who released her debut single "Boy Bye" in May 2021 along with its music video. She describes "Boy Bye" as an 'empowering female anthem.' Despite her hope to follow up with a debut EP, she has not yet released any other material to streaming sites. Olivia's early love for performance inspired her to take piano and voice lessons from an early age, and she became the first minor girl to perform her own live show at the Vibrato Jazz Club in LA at the age of 15. Olivia is inspired by musicians such as Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, and Beyoncé.

Michael Williams

Michael T.C. Williams is a singer who previously appeared on Season 18 of The Voice and advanced to the Top 17. Since then, he has released two songs under his name, but considers his latest single, "Honey," to be his proper debut. Michael's love for music began at an early age, as he grew up with a mother who sang hymns around the house and started taking voice lessons at age 6. He cites Michael Bublé as his biggest inspiration and describes his performances at King's Island, an amusement park in Cincinnati, as important for developing his stage presence and ability to connect with an audience.

Hannah Nicolaisen

Hannah Nicklin, originally from Houston, Texas, is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois Springfield, where she studied exercise science and played volleyball. Her non-music goals include coaching volleyball and pursuing a master's degree in psychology. Hannah has performed live music in Montgomery, Alabama, but has not yet released any music. Her original songs, which can be found on YouTube and TikTok, are in the female singer-songwriter style. Despite quitting her 9-to-5 job at an IT recruiter with no guarantees of success, Hannah has been trusting her gut and pursuing musical opportunities, including (possibly) American Idol. She also recently got engaged to her fiance.

Nailyah Serenity

Nailyah S. Gardner, also known as the "Astrologer of the South," hails from Charlotte, NC, and runs a website offering astrology chart reading and forecasting services. Nailyah has been studying astrology since the age of 8 and combines its scientific basis with intuitive/spiritual approaches. She grew up in a musical family and attended the Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte as a musical theater major from grade 6 onwards. She sang with a jazz band called the Soul Syndicate and has been inspired by artists such as Beyoncé, Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Toni Braxton, and Erykah Badu. Nailyah has released her first single, "Loathe Love," and has shared covers of various songs on her TikTok and Instagram pages, showcasing her soulful, unique sound.


Kaeyra (real name Caroline Baran) is a 21 year old singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Algonquin, Illinois. She has released an R&B/Soul EP titled "11:11" and she can be seen singing live versions of the songs here. Kaeyra has been around music since childhood as her mother ran a music school. At 12 years old she was in a band and by 16 she was featured on America's Got Talent. She has performed at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, for the president of Poland and also sang the national anthem for the Chicago Bulls. American Idol recently released her audition video of Chris Stapleton’s “Cold” which received praise from all three judges for her original sound.

Things to Consider When Betting on American Idol

Here are some things to consider when placing bets for this upcoming season.

First, get familiar with the history of winners and finalists from the show. You can learn a lot from this and it will help you identify which contestants could have an edge in achieving success in Idol. Also, be sure to research each contestant’s musical background, genre preference, song choices, vocal range, stage presence and other performance-based criteria before placing any bets.

It's beneficial to be aware of current trends in music as well. Pay attention to what's popular on streaming services or radio platforms so you can also factor that into your decision making process. Lastly, listen to the judging panel and look out for any clues they might give during auditions or live shows about their favorite contestants.

By taking these steps while betting on American Idol, you can increase your chances of making smart decisions.

Previous American Idol Winners

American Idol is one of the longest-running singing competitions in pop culture history. It all started with the Fox Network's broadcast in 2002 and over the years, has become a popular talent show watched by millions around the world. The original judges included Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and later Kara DioGuardi.

The competition consists of multiple rounds - auditions, semifinals and finals – that allow viewers to follow the journey of thousands of hopeful contestants as they work their way to success. Throughout its 20 year run, American Idol has helped launch successful careers for many talented singers and has also shown support for worthy social causes through charitable initiatives.

A number of celebrity guest judges have appeared on American Idol including Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Lionel Richie and Kelly Clarkson who was a winner from its first season. Despite some changes throughout the years such as judge or format alterations, American Idol remains a favorite among fans worldwide.

List of All American Idol Winners since June 2002

Season Episodes First aired Winner Runner-up
1 25 June 11, 2002 Kelly Clarkson Justin Guarini
2 40 January 21, 2003 Ruben Studdard Clay Aiken
3 44 January 19, 2004 Fantasia Barrino Diana DeGarmo
4 43 January 18, 2005 Carrie Underwood Bo Bice
5 41 January 17, 2006 Taylor Hicks Katharine McPhee
6 41 January 16, 2007 Jordin Sparks Blake Lewis
7 42 January 15, 2008 David Cook David Archuleta
8 40 January 13, 2009 Kris Allen Adam Lambert
9 43 January 12, 2010 Lee DeWyze Crystal Bowersox

Author Info

This American Idol Betting article was carefully constructed by Brendan Luck a Bachelor of Arts - BA, Film/Cinema/Video Studies at Carelton University for OLBG on contract.

Brendan Luck

Brendan Luck

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