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Ella Henderson back as X Factor favourite as groups join betting

| 10.09.2012

Some groups have now finally entered the X Factor betting, but it is Ella Henderson that has somewhat surprisingly become the new favourite to win the show.

Ella has been backed into 5/1 from 7/1 to win the X Factor, despite her audition being aired a few weeks ago.

One of the reasons for this could be the news that contestants will be allowed to perform their own songs on the live shows for the first time this series.

This could be big for Ella given the success of the song that she sung in her audition, which she wrote herself in memory of her late grandfather.

Another who may benefit from the rule change is Lucy Spraggan and she has also benefited from punter support, shortening from 10/1 to 7/1 to win the X Factor.

It is typically the new acts that cause a stir in the X Factor betting, but Amy Mottram is the shortest price of the new acts from this week at 8/1.

The Essex girl impressed with her rendition of the Adele song ‘One And Only’, but with the category potentially having the biggest talent pool this season, one of the big guns from the group may fail to make the live shows.

Previous favourite Jahmene Douglas now sits second in the prices at 6/1.

Meanwhile, through the first few weeks of the new series, auditions of groups were almost nonexistent.

This changed a little this week, with GMD3 and MK1 both entered the X Factor betting at 12/1.

GMD3, named after the initials of the three guys in the group, did not sound overly great on TV, but a rousing reception followed in the auditorium after their performance of the Boyz II Men hit ‘I’ll Make Love To You’.

Given that they are managed by Jayne Collins, a former manager of The Wanted and The Saturdays, they are liable to reach the live shows.

MK1 endured the tricky problem of having to get rid of one of their band members in front of the judges to get through, but now a two-piece, their urban flavour could lead to support.

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.