Former favourite Ella in danger of X Factor bottom two

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It was only five weeks ago that Ella Henderson was made the odds-on favourite to win the X Factor and how times have changed since, to the extent that she may find herself in the bottom two in week seven.

Ella remains the second favourite to win the show and as the only female left in the competition, this should theoretically be a good sign for her chances.

However, there is almost certain to be a semi-shock this week in acts being in the bottom two and she is the value bet at 7/2.

If based solely on talent, week seven would be a no brainer, with Christopher Maloney and Rylan Clark having to occupy the final two places.

This is widely seen to be the week that Rylan will leave and the betting suggests the same, as he is 1/3 to be in the bottom two and 8/11 to be eliminated.

But the fact that he is at such risk may spur on the votes in his favour and allow him to stay another week.

Union J are next in the betting to be in the bottom two at 1/1, but it is 50/50 which way their votes will sway.

Based on voting so far this series, they are certain to be in the bottom two, but they survived the sing-off last week and the rebound vote tends to ensure acts avoid this position in successive weeks.

Furthermore, with District3 out last week, the whole boyband vote may well head their way to boost their chances of remaining.

Christopher is 5/2, but with seemingly the whole of Liverpool single-handedly keeping him in the competition, this could well save him again.

Jahmene Douglas has been heavily backed to win the show in the last week so he looks the least likely to occupy a bottom-two spot, leaving Ella and James Arthur.

James may well have the smallest fanbase, but he continues to improve and impress and the positive comments from the judges may tip the votes from unsure viewers in his favour.

This leaves Ella, who has not been getting the same high levels of praise in recent weeks and her act has begun to go slightly stale and boring.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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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.