Misha B tipped to miss out on a place in this year’s X Factor final

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In an unsubtle dig at Tulisa, Gary Barlow said on Saturday night that he believed that the unfair criticism of Misha B’s behaviour behind the scenes had ruined her chances of winning the X Factor, and it seems he will be proven right.

The singer that most impartial viewers would rate the most talented among the four remaining acts is an overwhelming 2/7 favourite to exit at the semi-final despite impressing again with renditions of Dancing in the Street and Perfect.

And given the frequency this series with which the Sunday morning favourite to leave on Ladbrokes has ended up going, the three-time sing-off survivor had perhaps better get ready to say her goodbyes just six days before the final.

This is the first weekend of the series in which the judges have no say over who departs and that is expected to prove a disadvantage to Misha on account of her hat-trick of bottom-two appearances.

The other solo girl Amelia Lily is considered the next most vulnerable at 5/1, the most intriguing of the prices on offer because it was only a fortnight ago that she escaped a deadlock scenario and last week she benefitted from performing last.

So it looks like Kelly Rowland will have just one act in the final, even though both of her stars outshone the frontrunners Little Mix (11/8 to win) and Marcus Collins (2/1) on the semi-final show.

The much-fancied pair had favourable slots – this was the second time in three weeks that they were the final two acts on stage and the fourth in a row that Marcus has been one of the last three – but neither completely wowed the mentors.

Even so, the reviews weren’t too negative, giving the impression that they hope to see both in the final, and Tulisa delivered a rather cringeworthy desk-thumping speech imploring Little Mix’s fans to make sure of their final slot.

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