Gary Barlow is now odds-on to be an X Factor judge this year according to Ladbrokes.
The bookies have slashed the odds on the Take That singer taking up a permanent position on the judging panel for the next series.
Lily Allen is a 4/1 chance with Louis Walsh and Danni Minogue the shortest priced to return at 1/8 each.
Rumour also has it that Barlow would mentor the groups category should he get the gig and the bookies quote odds of 4/1 that a group wins the show this year.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “Barlow might be playing down his chances but we think he’s getting ready to sit alongside Walsh and Mingoue on the panel.”
Ladbrokes latest betting
To be a main judge on the UK X Factor this year
Louis Walsh – 1/8
Danni Minogue – 1/8
Cheryl Cole – 1/3
Simon Cowell – 1/2
Gary Barlow – 4/5
Nicole Sherzinger – 4/1
Lily Allen – 4/1
Others on request
A group to win the UK X Factor 2011 – 4/1