Punters not showing any patience

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Gary Barlow is the 2/1 favourite with Ladbrokes to be a permanent judge on the next series of the X Factor.

In response to news that both Simon & Cheryl may be focusing on the American version of the show the bookies are now taking bets on their replacements with the two Take That lads the early favourites.

Katie Price’s odds have been slashed from 25/1 into 5/1 with Will Young also towards the head of the market at 6/1. Alex Reid is a 250/1 outsider with Liam Gallagher a 20/1 shot.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “Rumours are rife that Cole & Cowell are out and the early money points to a Take That themed judging panel for the next series.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

To be a permanent judge on the next series of the X Factor:
Gary Barlow – 2/1 (from 4/1)
Robbie Williams – 9/4 (from 5/1)
Katie Price – 5/1(from 25/1)
Will Young – 6/1
Jedward – 7/1
Sharon Osborne – 8/1
Ronan Keating – 8/1
Jason Donovan – 10/1
Shane Lynch – 12/1
Nicole Sherzinger – 12/1
Alan Carr – 14/1
Sir Paul McCartney – 16/1
‘Nasty’ Nigel Lythgoe – 16/1
Liam Gallagher – 20/1
Michael Buble – 20/1
Piers Morgan – 25/1
Jonathan Ross – 33/1
Jonny Rotten – 50/1
Aled Jones – 100/1
Alex Reid – 250/1

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.