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Friday, 28 December, 2001, 16:23 GMT
Bookies tip Hear'Say split
Hear'Say
Hear'Say: Created by ITV's Popstars programme
Bookmaker William Hill has named Hear'Say as the pop group most likely to split in the wake of Steps' demise.

The bookie is offering odds of just 6/4 on the band splitting before 31 December 2002.

William Hill reported that many punters bet on Steps splitting up towards the end of 2001 - and the company responded by shortening the odds on their split to 2/1.

Steps
Steps: 12 consecutive top five hits before split
"A lot of our punters felt the Steps split had been on the cards for some time, especially with them releasing their Greatest Hits album, Lee hinting at a new career in acting and the others getting married," said William Hill's Serena Momberg.

Number one

Besides offering odds on a Hear'Say split, William Hill is giving odds on the following break-ups: Westlife 5/2, S Club 7 6/1, and outsiders Tweenies on 33/1.

Robbie Williams is being offered as having a 20/1 chance of retiring from the music industry before the end of year.

The bookmaker is already offering odds on the Christmas number one for 2002.

Robbie Williams and Westlife are the joint favourites at 5/1, followed by S Club 7 at 7/1, Robbie Williams/Nicole Kidman and Blue at 8/1, Bob the Builder at 9/1 and Kylie Minogue (solo) at 10/1.

Tweenies are again outsiders at 16/1 - and the odds on Steps achieving the number one have been lengthened from 10/1 to 33/1.

See also:

28 Dec 01 | Music
Steps fans slam group
27 Dec 01 | Music
Steps split: Is it a Tragedy?
27 Dec 01 | Music
Stepping up to stardom
26 Dec 01 | Music
End of the road for Steps
30 Nov 01 | Reviews
Hear'Say race against time
24 Dec 01 | Music
Chart stars and flops of 2001
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