X Factor 2013 judges: Sharon Osbourne now favourite to join panel

Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne is now the favourite to join the panel of The X Factor 2013.

Sharon's odds of returning to this year's X Factor judging panel this year have been slashed repeatedly by Ladbrokes this week.

The firm have seen an unprecedented amount of bets on Sharon in the last 48 hours to reprise her role - including one £5,000 stake - and her odds have been cut all the way down to even money from 5/1 on Monday.

The move for Sharon now displaces Robbie Williams (6/4) as the most likely candidate to join Louis (1/10), Gary (1/10) and Nicole (1/3) in the hot seat this year.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "The sight of Sharon packing her belongings into a removal van in LA has clearly sparked a betting frenzy.

"X Factor fans would love to see her scathing comments back on the show and it appears punters are simply putting their money where their mouth is."

It was claimed last week that Simon was set on signing Sharon back to the show.

A supposed insider said: "Simon is adamant Sharon will be back and they have been in serious talks for a while.

"She was a brilliant charge on the show from 2004 until 2007, and Simon knows the public love her no nonsense attitude, which is what the show that last year. He wants another battery on the panel for controversy."

But if Sharon doesn't agree to a deal, other names linked to the show include Mel B, Geri Halliwell, Cheryl Cole and Kylie Minogue.

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