The gruelling, emotionally draining process is all over – at least for a week – as we now know which 12 hopefuls have made it to the X Factor live shows where the fun really starts.
So as the contestants prepare to take to the famous stage for the first time next weekend, we’re taking a look at where each act stands according to the betting numbers, and we’re starting with the Boys…
Long-time favourite Matt Terry impressed once again last weekend, and has seen his odds fall even further as a result to just 2/1. He’s also the most backed contestant, receiving 20.9 per cent of all bets on remaining hopefuls.
And he’s Nicole Scherzinger’s best chance of winning by some distance, if the betting numbers are anything to go by, given that her other two acts combined only make up 9.3 per cent of bets on finalists.
Meanwhile, in the Girls category, support continues to come in for 17-year-old Emily Middlemas, who once again impressed her mentor Simon Cowell and strolled into his top three. Her odds were as long as 14/1 some three weeks ago, but now she’s second-favourite at 4s.
While Emily leads the way in her category, Simon’s other two acts also feature relatively high up in the market, with support for Gifty Louise(7/1) growing, while Samantha Lavery (10/1) has always had a strong following.
Louis Walsh’s best chance of winning the show is with 5AM, who are 9/2 third-favourites to be only the second group to take the X Factor crown. And behind Matt, they’re the second most-backed act, receiving 16 per cent of outright bets on all remaining contestants.
Newly renamed Brooks Way are priced at 14/1 and could potentially challenge Matt and Emily for the winning prize. However, at 66/1,Bratavia are considered to have little to no chance of causing an upset this year.
And finally, Sharon Osbourne faces the seemingly impossible task of turning either Saara Aalto (25/1), Honey G (33/1), or Relley C (50/1) into a winner. Between them, they account for a mere 13 per cent of the overall total outright bets.
The numbers that matter…
Most backed – Matt Terry (20.9 per cent)
Least Backed – Relley C (1.10 per cent)
Most staked on – Matt Terry (31 per cent of all stakes on remaining acts)
Most significant drifter – Brooks Way (from 6/1 to 14/1)
Most significant climber – 5AM (from 10/1 to 9/2)
Most backed category – Girls (32.8 per cent)
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “Heading into the live shows Matt has the shortest odds we’ve ever seen for the favourite at this stage of the competition. Punters clearly think highly of him and that’s reflected in his price.”
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing