THE X Factor is racing to the grand final and people are placing their bets on who could possibly win the much-coveted contract as hopefuls put themselves to the test in front of the judges panel.
Here are the latest odds on who could win this year’s X Factor crown according to betting site Paddy Power…
Grace Davies 5/2
The 20-year-old hopeful performed her original song Roots for the four-strong judging panel but the song had a particular effect on Nicole as she struggled to hold back her emotional reaction.
Likewise Sharon Osbourne was spotted wiping away tears as she watched Warehouse assistant Grace sing.
Performing it to an audience for the very first time, Walsh labelled it a “hit” while Cowell described it as a “beautiful, beautiful song”.
Holly Tandy 7/2
The 15-year-old schoolgirl blew the judges away with her performance of Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You as she fulfilled a lifelong dream of auditioning on the ITV show.
Host Dermot O’Leary stepped in to comfort her proud grandfather as he began crying at his talented granddaughter’s performance.
Simon Cowell was immediately impressed with the singer from Burley and her determination to keep going despite having people walk out on her gigs before.
He said: “Can I tell you something Holly Tandy, you define determination. For someone who went into a club and people walked out and you’ve come back fighting and you’re 15-years-old.”
Boyband Rak-Su almost found themselves falling at the first hurdle when their version of Justin Timberlake’s Senorita failed to impress the judges with Simon Cowell calling it to a halt with the words: “Sorry guys, it’s not working for me.”
Fortunately their original song I’m Feeling You had the judges singing along.
Their brave decision to perform their own material paid off and they were given four yeses and the chance to spend time with Nicole.
The CutKelvins 8/1
The 20-year-old was one fourth of the very successful girl group Neon Jungle from 2013- 2015 alongside Amira McCarthy, Jessica Plummer, and Asami Zdrenka.
Neon Jungle had a Top 10 album, two Top 10 singles and were nominated for a Teen Choice Award in 2015.
Sean and Conor Price 8/1
Nicole Scherzinger said she got “goosebumps on her goosebumps” from busking brothers Sean and Conor Price.
They impressed The X Factor judges with a fresh take on an old classic, Jimi Hendrix’s All Along The Watchtower, with it being deemed so good by Simon Cowell, he declared it “one of the best auditions we’ve had”.
Following a rapturous round of applause, Cowell told the Price brothers: “I’m going to say something to you guys – I don’t want to change a single thing from what I saw and heard today.”
Cowell described the boys, who wanted to add “youth and energy” to the Bob Dylan-penned track, as “rare”.
Rai-Elle Williams 18/1
Rai-Elle is one of the youngest hopefuls ever to make it through to the live shows aged just 16.
The Croydon native sang Awolnation’s Sail and completely owned it, before impressing again and again – getting through the brutal Six Chair Challenge too.
Previously she’s worked as a child model, actor and dancer – as well as making it to the final of CBBC singing contest Got What It Takes? two years ago.
Her talent has blown the judges away repeatedly and Simon Cowell even told the youngster during the six-chair challenge: “If Sharon doesn’t give you a chair, you can take mine.”
Matt Linnen 22/1
Matt Linnen is a 28-year-old singer from the Southend, Essex.
He’s a plasterer by trade but he has a lot of amateur experience on the music scene having played some small gigs around the UK.
The hopeful impressed the judges with his soulful voice by singing Ray LaMontagne’s hit Trouble.
He then made it through to the judges’ houses, and was then picked as part of Nicole’s Over team for the live finals.
Kevin Davy White 25/1
The handsome Frenchman wowed the judges and viewers last weekend with his rendition of the classic James Brown track Man’s World for his X Factor audition.
It was later revealed that he had previously appeared on The Voice in France, but failed to progress.
Speaking about the audition, Kevin explained: “I sing in a different way for that kind of TV show.
“They wanted me to show all of my range but I love to sing the song as good as I can. So not to show all of my range, I sang the way I wanted to.”
He added: “They were expecting me to go really high but the song didn’t need it so I didn’t do it. That frustrated them and I understand that.”
Aidan Martin 33/1
X Factor viewers slammed Simon Cowell on Twitter for claiming to recognise Aidan Martin 10 years after he last auditioned.
The judge told the talented singer, 27, he remembered him before he performed his self-penned track, but viewers weren’t buying it.
Before singing his emotional song called Punchline – written following a break up – Aidan gave some background to the lyrics.
He said: “I was really in love with someone, as cliche as it sounds. I’m a really jokey, fun person and I like to keep smiles on people’s faces. I guess it was like I hurt and feel like everybody else. It was kind of like a mutual agreement but it was still heartbreaking.”
Afterwards, a teary Sharon Osbourne said: “Beautiful beautiful song. I love the performance it wasn’t too much it was just perfect.”
While Simon added: “You have a beautiful voice I would say this was a very very special audition.”
New Girl Band 66/1
Despite not making it to the final three, the odds are still in this budding girl band’s favour.
Made up of former contestants Kelsey, Imagen, Lydia, Sky and Charlie, their version of David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj’s ‘Hey Mama’ impressed the judges.
They were put together by Simon, after seeing their potential as a unit over being individual.
OTHER X FACTOR ODDS
Sam Black 25/1
Lloyd Macey 33/1
Spencer Sutherland 33/1
Alisah Bonaobra 33/1
Tracy Leanne Jefford 33/1
Leon Mallet 40/1
Talia Deal 40/1
Georgina Panton 66/1
Jack & Joel 80/1
Jack Mason 100/1
Slavko Kalezic 125/1
Berget Lewis 150/1
Leon Mallet 33/1
Alisah Bonaobra 33/1
Talia Dean 40/1
Berget Lewis 55/1
Slavko Kalezic 80/1
Jack & Joel 80/1
When will the X Factor final be?
Traditionally the X Factor final has been in the last two weeks before Christmas.
This is so the winner can bag the coveted Christmas Number One spot.
But it looks like the final will be brought forward to avoid a clash with rival show Strictly Come Dancing.
Although it’s not been confirmed, the winner is likely to be decided in a grand final on Saturday, December 2, 2017.
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