Which of the X Factor favourites won’t make Nicole’s final three?

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Melanie McCabe knows X Factor heartbreak only too well, having failed three times previously to make the live shows and there is a strong possibility that 2013 won’t be her year either.

Nicole Scherzinger arguably has the toughest job of all of the judges to trim their six-heavy category to a final three acts, with four of the top six in the X Factor betting coming from the girls camp.

Tamera Foster was a big mover in the betting after boot camp, being cut from 5/1 to 7/2 to be the overall winner.

However, she has already been in the headlines for the wrong reasons, with stories about smoking drugs and fighting, which may turn some of the voting public against her. There are some similarities between Tamera and former contestant Misha B, who was never truly liked by voters.

Despite this, it seems likely she will be one of Nicole’s final three.

Like Tamera, Ladbrokes are also offering the best price on Abi Alton winning the X Factor at 6/1 and speculation that she is a friend of last year’s winner James Arthur will do her no harm, especially as he was also mentored by Nicole.

Abi is different from the other girls in the final six, which will help her stand out, although over time she may be found to be a bit one dimensional.

Deciding between Melanie and Hannah Barrett for the final spot is the toughest decision.

Logic would say that Melanie is the most likely of the pair to finally make the live shows, especially as Hannah and Tamera are fairly similar and judges normally avoid taking alike acts to the live shows.

But Hannah appears to be the more interesting character of the duo and this can count for as much as singing ability, while her performances at first auditions and boot camp have been shown in a way that make her a show stealer.

Hannah may be 10/1 to win the X Factor, with Melanie at 8/1, but it would be no surprise if the outsider of the duo was the one to gain the final spot in Nicole’s three for the live shows.

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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.