Seven acts remain in the X Factor and we’re getting towards the business end of the competition, with three acts still way out in front as far as the odds are concerned, although there appears to have been a concerted gamble on Christopher Maloney this week.
Ladbrokes have reported that 80% of X Factor bets this week have been placed on the scouser, with his odds being trimmed from 33/1 to 16/1 and then 12/1, although firms like Sky Bet continue to hold 14/1 about someone that has been among the favourites to exit the competition until this week.
Maloney was this year’s wild card winner and it would make a good story to see someone sneaking in through the back door and winning the entire competition, although the 34-year-old has been described as “cabaret” by Louis Walsh and could well get the axe if he was in a last two showdown with another act.
Ella Henderson continues to drift on the outright market and maybe the wow factor has disappeared with this young songstress who can now be backed at 13/10 (bet365 £200 free bets) to be celebrating among the glitter come Christmas.
Even so, this could be a good time to back the girl from Grimsby who is about to flip-flop with the popular Jahmene Douglas who has been a big market mover since that performance of “Listen” last weekend.
Douglas is now a best price 9/5 (Boylesports bookmaker) and could beat Henderson in a popularity contest, although James Arthur is still in good shape and his odds of 5/1 remain unchanged after a typically solid performance which saw the Teesider earn praise from all of the judges.
It appears that the above trio are going to be contesting the live final, although Christopher Maloney is hard to ignore after that big price change and he’s popular enough to have avoided a bottom two berth thus far.
Perhaps this is the week where Maloney does slip into the last two and he’s shorter at 6/1 to go next than win the competition. However, it could be a straight shoot-out between District3 and Rylan Clark to go next, with neither of them good enough to be in the live final.