Tonight marks the return of the Brit Awards, as you no doubt will have heard a hundred times already, but this year, not even gambling can bring a sense of fun to the tedium.
After taking home six awards from last week's Grammys, Adele is currently odds-on favourite to win both Best British Album and Best Female Solo Artist. Yet before that, Paddy Power had already declared that it would not be taking bets for Adele to win the latter, saying: “It would be unfair to take a penny of anyone’s money when it comes to the Best Brit Female Award because Adele is such a shoe-in for it.”
It wouldn't be hard to find someone willing to take your bet, but unless you're intending on risking your entire live savings and the welfare of your family, the return would be so small, that it's hardly worth your time.
Another dead cert is Ed Sheeran, whose 'The A Team' single became an X Factor staple whilst finding its way onto every pub jukebox in the land. Given that he's leading the race with four nominations and is set to perform tonight, he's the firm favourite for British Male Solo Artist and should provide Adele with tough competition in the British Single category.
So what else can we expect? Well, James Cordon will probably be as mildly funny as is possible, Blur's reappearance will see The Sun commission Alex James to write more bizarre articles and Adele may well win every category that she's been nominated in. Again.
With the predictability of the Brits growing year by year, they could do a lot worse than look towards the recent goings-on in the world of British boxing for some inspiration. There was enough drama surrounding Derek Chisora and Vitali Klitschko's heavyweight bout on Saturday night to keep the press talking for a week, but all that was overshadowed still by the presence of a certain David Haye, who popped up at the post-fight press conference, swigging from a mysterious bottle and throwing insults, punches and even camera tripods at Derek Chisora and his entourage.
Of course, the boxing purists have came out in their droves to condemn both Haye and Chisora, who allowed himself to rise to the bait, for disgracing British boxing. But one thing is certain; the scuffle which broke out in the press conference was a damn sight more entertaining than the one which had already occurred in the ring.
This is exactly what needs to happen to Brits. Just imagine the sight of Adele holding a flustered looking Jessie J in a vice-like head lock after the two wrestle for the prize for Best Female Artist that James Cordon has casually tossed into the crowd. It would be brilliant.
Of course, it's not going to happen, but we can but hope. The Brits are boring. If there's no point in gambling then at the very least I'd like to see an old fashioned dust-up. Is that really too much to ask?