Nicole can emulate Cheryl if given girls as thought on X Factor

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Given the success of male artists on the X Factor in the past, it’s no surprise to see the boys priced up as favourites to be the winning category with series 10 on the brink of hitting our TV screens this year.

Five of the nine previous winners have been both male and under 28 and it is 6/4 that the boys category provides yet another victor, following on from James Arthur’s success last year.

However, rumours are rife that Louis Walsh will be mentoring this category in 2013 in what is to be his last series as a judge and this is a reason to oppose a winner from the boys.

Walsh has only been the winning mentor once in the previous nine series and that was back in 2005 with Shayne Ward.

Cheryl Cole was responsible for the winner in each of her first two series as a judge and it could be worth anticipating that lightning will strike twice through Nicole Scherzinger.

The former Pussycat Doll enjoyed a one-two in her maiden X Factor voyage last year with James and Jahmene Douglas and the speculation is that she will be in charge of the girls, a category to have previously witnessed double success through Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke.

It is 7/4 that the girls is the winning category this year, which is the same price as Nicole being the victorious judge.

New judges tend to have a strong X Factor record, with Sharon Osbourne the only change to last year’s panel, replacing Tulisa.

Sharon is not technically new as she was a judge for the first four series without success and is thought to be mentor to the over 25s. It is 4/1 that Sharon is the winning X Factor judge.

This leaves Gary Barlow responsible for the groups and he is the outsider of the quartet to celebrate X Factor victory at 5/1.

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.