X Factor 2013: Sharon Osbourne already tipped to be winning mentor

Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne is already being tipped to be this year's winning mentor on The X Factor 2013.

The former judge is the vying with Nicole Scherzinger to claim the X Factor judging throne this year according to Ladbrokes.

Following reports yesterday that Sharon is making a comeback to this year's show the firm have made her a 5/2 shot in becoming the winning mentor, placing her one spot behind favourite Nicole Scherzinger at 7/4.

Gary Barlow (3/1) and Louis Walsh (4/1) follow in their trail, but the bookies aren't so sure they can take the lead with red-hot judges such as Shazza and Sherzy on the panel.

Back in mid-April punters piled into the chances of Sharon returning to the show, and one lucky punter will now pick up £15,000 when the feisty judge appears on the panel.

Sources told the Daily Mirror yesterday that Sharon had agreed to a new deal worth £1.5 million.

"Sharon and TV bosses feel there is very much unfinished business following her first stint on the show – and are delighted that she has agreed to return," one insider said. “It was never about the money for Sharon. She genuinely loves the programme and considers her previous time on the panel as being a very fulfilling time in her life.”

Angelica Lecart of Ladbrokes said: "Punters were so excited for Sharon's return and they're now routing for her to be crowned as the winning mentor."

She added: "Nicole won't want to lose her title, so it looks like it's going to be a two-horse race between Sharon and the defending champ."

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