X Factor: Use your head and avoid picking Paul to leave

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It’s safe to say that the past week hasn’t been the easiest in the life of X Factor hopeful, Paul Akister.

Criticism from both the judges and the public about his performances and behaviour has led to the odds tumbling on the Lancashire-based singer to be the next act to be eliminated.

But don’t fall for the hype. There are plenty of worse performers and this fact should be highlighted in the upcoming ‘Michael Jackson v Queen’ extravaganza.

Elsewhere, our man Stevi Ritchie should be safe for another week at least while even the pretty average (in our humble opinion…) Jay James is unlikely to be exiting the stage any time soon.

Here’s our rundown of the top three candidates up for the chop:

Only the Young – 5/2 to be eliminated

Song Choice: Michael Jackson – Don’t Blame it on the Boogie

It was too easy to write them off last week and once again we’re not sure the value lies in plumping for Only the Young to leave.

Last week’s fun rendition of Monster Mash offered something different to the competition and their next song affords the group the opportunity to repeat the trick.

Paul Akister – 5/2

Song Choice: Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now

We love an underdog and Paul certainly fits the bill in that department.

The 25-year-old singer has had his fair share of critics in the last week but it’s easy to forget he still retains one vital asset – a half-decent singing voice.

He’s going to have to loosen up and show plenty of passion to convince his doubters. But faced with this standard of competition he should pull through.

Stereo Kicks – 7/2

Song Choice: Michael Jackson – You are Not Alone

This could go horribly wrong. The eight-piece may have the looks but they fail to impress vocally.

You Are Not Alone is a big number and quite frankly these guys can’t be trusted to nail it.

Expect a limp performance, shaky harmonies and the very real possibility of this boy band heading for the exit.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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William Geldart

William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.