Seacrest set for X Factor switch from American Idol

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RYAN SEACREST is odds-on to take over from Steve Jones as the host of US X Factor, according to Ladbrokes.

Since Jones announced his departure on Twitter, the firm have been flooded with bets on the current American Idol host to switch his allegiance to The US X Factor and it’s just 4/6 Seacrest makes the swap.

As Steve Jones’ biggest threat for the job in the first place, it’s a 3/1 chance that Dermot O’Leary gets the gig, making him the second favourite. Vernon Kay and Nick Cannon also enter the betting at 6/1.

Inaugural American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is 2/1 to become a permanent judge following the axing of Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. Brit sensation Adele earns a 4/1 quote of joining the panel and increasing her ever growing popularity in America.

However, it’s looking unlikely that Cheryl Cole (16/1) will return after being publicly booted off season one after just three weeks in the job.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “All the money is pointing at Seacrest. He’s incredibly popular and the odds suggest it’s a done deal.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

Next X Factor USA presenter
Ryan Seacrest 4/6
Dermot O’Leary 3/1
Vernon Kay 6/1
Nick Cannon 6/1
Tom Bergeron 20/1
Ant & Dec 20/1
Vernon Kay 20/1
Drew Lacey 33/1
Russell Brand 50/1
Regis Philbin 66/1
Jerry Springer 66/1
Frankie Cocozza 250/1

To be announced as a permanent judge on X Factor USA **
Kelly Clarkson 2/1
Katy Perry 3/1
Adele 4/1
Rihanna 8/1
Beyonce 10/1
Lady Gaga 14/1
Elton John 20/1
Gary Barlow 25/1
Cheryl Cole 16/1
Robbie Williams 25/1

**Dead heat rules apply**

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.