Matt Cardle won the X Factor last year after being a joint favourite ahead of the live shows and this bodes well that either Janet Devlin or Amelia Lily will claim victory this year.
It was two acts from the boys’ category that shared favouritism after the judges’ house stage 12 months ago, with Matt and Aiden Grimshaw both priced at 7/2.
There are again 7/2 joint favourites this year, but girl power certainly appears the way forward in the X Factor odds.
Not only does Kelly Rowland have both of the favourites in her camp, but her other two acts, Misha Bryan and Sophie Habibis, are also prominent in the X Factor betting with both available at 12/1.
Sophie may have received the least TV exposure of the four girls so far on the X Factor, but with viewers potentially doubtful of her talent, she may prove one of the dark horses of the competition.
Mentor Kelly has already stated that she would happily buy one of Sophie’s albums now and would gladly have her sing at her wedding one day.
It definitely seems that a young, individual act will win the competition this year, as seven of the top eight in the X Factor betting are from either the boys’ or girls’ categories.
Frankie Cocozza, Marcus Collins and James Michael are all 8/1 and the boys have been responsible for four of the previous seven X Factor winners.
The groups have never won the X Factor, but even with likeable Tulisa as mentor it appears unlikely that this will change.
If JLS or One Direction could not win the X Factor, it is hard to think that any of Nu-Vibe, 2 Shoes, The Risk or Rhythmix are even on par with these groups, let alone better.
Louis Walsh picked Sami Brookes, Kitty Brucknell, Jonjo Kerr and Johnny Robinson as his acts in the over-25 category.