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Jahmene Douglas is now favourite to win the 2012 X Factor, with the former Asda employee from Swindon wowing the judges last week and he’s virtually guaranteed to make the final in a few weeks’ time

Douglas is a 21-year-old with a bright future ahead of him whether he wins or loses, although Nicole Scherzinger has swiftly moulded the singer into something special and he’s now a best price 6/4 (William Hill free bets) to go all the way.

We can be pretty sure he will be competing with Ella Henderson and James Arthur in the live final, with Henderson looking fairly backable at 2/1 (Betfred bookmaker) considering that she continues to deliver on-song performances.

OK, so the 16-year-old has delivered some poor feedback from the judges in the past couple of weeks although it’s the public who will determine the winner and Ella was odds-on a few weeks ago and seemed to have the competition at her mercy.

Even so, the X Factor is often about having a story and Douglas certainly has that in his locker, with years of abuse at the hands of his father and a nervous disposition meaning that viewers will warm to the singer.

James Arthur also looks pretty bombproof when it comes to the live finals and we certainly shouldn’t discount someone who has the singer / songwriter credentials that could see him become the next Matt Cardle. Arthur is a 7/2 chance to win this competition although there will be more interest in seeing whether Rylan Clark can save his bacon yet again.

Clark has led a charmed life although there are now only six acts remaining and it’s almost certain that Christopher Maloney, Union J and Clark will be tussling out to avoid an exit from the competition.

The bookies feel that it’s high time for Clark to bow out of the competition, with Sky Bet going 8/11 about the novelty act although Maloney can be backed at 7/2 despite the scouser proving to be popular thus far.

Perhaps Union J could finally be axed after featuring in the bottom two last week and mark a poor return from the X Factor groups this year. They are a tasty 11/2 (Boylesports) to wave goodbye to any prospects of victory.

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