Three best early X Factor betting opportunities ahead of live shows

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With the competition now really starting on the X Factor as the first of the live shows are upon us, there are a host of X Factor betting options waiting to be exploited.

We have found three that particularly take our fancy and can help secure some nice financial rewards in the build up to Christmas.

Sophie Habibis – Win X Factor @ 10/1

Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke are previous examples of contestants who were not the most favoured in their respective categories heading into the live shows, but ended up winning the competition.

In series three Leona was unfancied behind Ray Quinn and Ashley McKenzie in the 16-24s group, while two years later Alexandra was potentially the third choice in the girls category behind Laura White and Diana Vickers.

Sophie has been heavily praised by mentor Kelly Rowland in the early auditions stage, but is far less known to viewers in comparison to fellow girls Janet Devlin, Amelia Lily and Misha Bryan.

However, she is clearly talented and can quickly build a fan base.

Jonjo Kerr – Last remaining over 25 act @ 9/4

The over 25 category certainly seems the weakest of the four on paper and Jonjo Kerr must be considered Louis Walsh’s best chance of victory.

His army background will appeal to many viewers, while he does have a good voice if given the right songs.

Johnny Robinson’s personality will see him survive for a few weeks, but when the weaker singers are all out, he will follow.

Kitty Brucknell was also stay in a few weeks to fill newspapers, but more people will probably hate her than love her, while Sami Brookes is a bit one dimensional and will do well to go beyond the last eight.

Marcus Collins – Last remaining boys’ act @ 5/2

Marcus looks the most versatile of the boys, which could be important when the weeks follow a particular theme.

Frankie Cocozza may appeal to some ladies, but his weak voice will only see him progress so far, while Craig Colton’s lack of obvious target audience should see him leave fairly early.

James Michael is a bit of an unknown, but could also struggle to reach the latter stages.

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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.