Kate Cook backstage at Australian Idol.
Kate Cook backstage at Australian Idol. Supplied

Bookies bet Kate will get the boot

BOOKIES are tipping Kate Cook to be voted off Australia Idol on next week's episode - but the Lowood lass said she won't go down without a fight.

Bookmaker Sportingbet Australia has Kate as the least favourite to win the competition after Sunday night's stage and screen themed round.

Although her take on the Bob Dylan penned Make You Feel My Love won praise from the judges, her rendition of Dusty Springfield's Son of a Preacher Man received a lukewarm response.

Sportingbet Australia betting manager Bill Richmond said although they tipped her for the axe, punters were still heavily backing Kate to win Australian Idol 2009.

“The others are probably more polished than Kate,” Mr Richmond said.

“They also probably appeal more to the teenage market, who make up the majority of voters.

“Kate's the outsider but she definitely isn't out of the running - she's the second most backed contestant behind the favourite Stan Walker.

“She has a knockabout personality that appeals to a lot of people.”

The betting agency has Kate as a $12 chance of winning the series, while nearest rival Toby Moulton firmed to $8.50.

Coolangatta shop assistant Stan Walker is the clear favourite ($2.50), followed by Hayley Warner ($3.25), Nathan Brake ($4.50) and James Johnstone ($7.50).

Kate's sister Paula Stone said she was confident the former Coominya meatworker would bounce back next after being in the bottom three for the first time. “She is a little disappointed with how she went, but she has two big songs lined up for this week if she makes the vote,” she said.

Kate will find out if she survives this week's round at the start of the next episode on Sunday on Channel Ten from 6.30pm.

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