After several weeks of auditions, more auditions, boot camps and hanging around in foreign destinations waiting for judges to make a decision, we have ourselves the final sixteen acts of 2011 X Factor.
The motley crew will start warbling this weekend and it appears as though Kelly Rowland has the cream of the crop, with the former Destiny’s Child singer getting the young girl singers.
That includes Janet Devlin and she is the 7/2 favourite (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) before a chord has been sung in the studio. The judges have all raved about her already, but does that give her the room for improvement required to be a winner?
Amelia Lily is also in this category and it is slightly mystifying why the youngster is so short in the betting at 9/2 (bet365 – £200 free betting) considering that she has a typical young female solo artist kind of voice, something which could get exposed on the big stage.
As far as the boys are concerned, Frankie Cocozza is definitely one to watch despite the fact that he isn’t a brilliant singer. Cocozza is sure to provide entertainment value and the fact that he has a personality might set him apart from a lot of the other acts. The 17/2 about him winning could be a decent wager.
Misha Bryan is another girl that can make it a winning debut for Rowland and this girl has an impressive pair of vocal chords which could make her a great each-way wager at 11/1. It is a shame for Sophie Habibis (14/1) that she is among so many talented singers in that section although the 19-year-old barmaid has a soul voice that could impress the viewing public.
It doesn’t appear that the groups are going to challenge in the same way that One Direction and JLS managed to do in recent years, with Nu Vibe and The Risk waving the flag for this section. Nu Vibe are hovering around the 20/1 mark although they are quite cocky and likely to get irritating which might make The Risk a better bet for Top Group.
The Over 25’s category gets some stick every year, mainly because Simon Cowell doesn’t want much to do with it, with Louis Walsh likely to lose interest halfway through the contest – at which stage his acts might all have disappeared.
Kitty Brucknell is probably the one that will make the most headlines due to her mental behaviour and the fact that she knows how to act like a diva. Sportingbet offer 11/4 that she tops her section, with little chance of challenging for the winner’s prize.