Now that three live shows have taken place on the X Factor, the picture is becoming much clearer in relation to which acts are serious contenders to win the show and which will survive just a few more weeks at best.
Aside from early favourite Amelia Lily already exiting the competition, arguably the biggest development so far is the support and backing of Johnny Robinson.
Johnny was considered the rank outsider to win the show in the early X Factor betting, but is now being backed more than any other contestant for overall victory.
He is still 20/1 to win the X Factor, but with only he and the melodramatic Kitty Bracknell left from the over-25 category, the safer bet is the 2/5 that he is Louis Walsh’s final remaining act.
Meanwhile, The Risk appear even more certain to be the final group left in the show.
Tulisa is also down to just two acts and it is 1/16 that The Risk survive longer than girl-group Rhythmix.
The other two categories are not so obvious, although it is pretty certain that Frankie Cocozza will not remain in the competition beyond both Craig Colton and Marcus Collins.
Therefore, the boys’ category is also effectively a two-horse race and so 13/8 looks the better value that Marcus stays longest, particularly as his best may still be yet to come, while Craig arguably played his trump card in week one.
Picking the final remaining girl is definitely the hardest, although the X Factor betting would say it is not as Janet Devlin is 4/5 to be Kelly Rowland’s final challenger.
There are certainly reasons that Misha B or Sophie Habibis are worthy contenders in this market and they can be backed at 2/1 and 7/2 respectively.