Author: David Archer
Published: 11:37 23/10/2012
It’s no secret that X Factor head judge Gary Barlow loathes solo act Rylan Clark with a passion, deriding him as “the worst”. Many of the audience agree and Rylan was recently booed as he was saved for next week’s show, despite the urgent tweeting of Gary’s bandmate Robbie Williams seeking more votes for...Rylan!
Gary was handed the poisoned chalice of the over-25’s at the outset of the 10th series of X Factor, a category that has produced few winners in the past. Already, Carolynne Pool and Melanie Masson have left his stable of acts, leaving only former chimney sweep Kye Sones and Liverpudlian Christopher Maloney to strut their stuff.
Perhaps Gary will lose his grumpy face next weekend as Rylan is now favourite to leave the show, with bookmaker Boylesports offering odds of 10/3 that he’s a goner. If so, we will all breathe a sigh of relief – Gary, you need to lighten up!
But, hold on, that grumpy face may be back soon as the second and third favourites to be eliminated from the X Factor show are...Christopher Maloney, at odds of 7/2 from sportingbet, and Kye Sones, at odds of 4/1 from Ladbrokes. There may be more pain ahead for Mr Barlow.
There is little change at the top of the leaderboard. Judge Tulisa Contostavlos will be pleased that Ella Henderson has edged Jahmene Douglas out as favourite to win the competition, with bookmaker Ladbrokes one of many offering odds of 8/11 that she will win. Jahmene is second placed at present, at general odds of 6/1 whilst James Arthur is third placed just behind him, at best odds of 15/2 with Sportingbet. Good news for the boys’ mentor, Judge Nicole Scherzinger, who is herself providing plenty of visual and verbal sparkle in this season’s shows.
The boy bands are mid table at present in the beady eyes of the bookmakers. Union J and District3 are not overwhelming favourites to win this time round, but remember that global sensation One Direction only finished third in the seventh series of X Factor and they have now sparked a resurgence in the boy band concept. Exuberant Judge Louis Walsh remains confident that both bands will pull through saying of Union J that “They have it all – great energy, looks and the vocals to match”, and praising District3 with gusto, saying “These boys can sing, they’ve got amazing harmonies. The bookmakers reckon Union J has a better chance of winning, at odds of 8/1 from Boylesports, with District3 at much longer odds of 33/1 from the same bookmaker.
With 10 acts still in the running, there is plenty of time for these odds to change. It might be worth your while having a flutter on your favourite to win now, depending on your views of how the leaderboard may alter.
If you are a big Gary Barlow fan, enjoy his pithy comments and banter while you can, as he may be leaving the show after this series. According to bookmaker Stan James, Gary is tipped to be the first judge to lose all his acts, at odds of 4/11 and that, combined with his reputedly strained relationship with X Factor boss Simon Cowell, make it unlikely that he will return to the panel next year.