Speculation remains that Christopher Maloney is way out in front on a weekly basis when it comes to X Factor votes and one punter has believed the hype and put £1,000 on the scouser winning the show.
This resulted in him being cut from 33/1 to 16/1 to take the X Factor crown, while more support has now seen his price shorten again to 12/1.
In fact, 80 per cent of the X Factor bets placed in the last week have been on him winning and a top-three finish must now be considered a real possibility.
Few people could generally argue that Christopher is the most talented in this year’s competition, with his performances largely dated as he works his way through the catalogue of well-known songs from the 1980s.
However, this show has always been about having a fanbase and there is little doubt that Christopher has virtually all of Liverpool behind him.
Meanwhile, he will also be garnering support from the section of voters who make it a habit each year to keep the most criticised acts in the show, to frustrate X Factor bosses and generally try their hardest to ensure there is a ‘joke’ winner.
Steve Brookstein and Leon Jackson were hardly the most talented winners, but a victory for Christopher would be on a whole new level.
It would be better to compare it to Jedward or Wagner winning the show in previous years, which did look a possibility for a few weeks before voters finally started to side with the stronger contestants.
The problem for bosses this year is that it does seem that Christopher’s support is far stronger and there is a genuine possibility of him winning the show.
His supporters will need to maintain their support though, as Eoghin Quigg and Janet Devlin are past examples of acts that regularly topped the voting tables early in the live shows, before tailing off at the business end of the competition.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.