X Factor 2013: Sam Bailey remains YouTube leader at halfway point

Sam Bailey (X Factor 2013)

Sam Bailey is still the X Factor queen of YouTube this year, having notched up closed to 5 million viewers so far this year.

It seems that despite suggestions she wouldn't sell records, even the traditionally younger YouTube community love the former Prison Officer.

Meanwhile, Tamera Foster and Nicholas McDonald are fighting for runner up spot after six live performances so far (excluding bottom two sing-offs).

Nicholas' performance of Adele's Someone Like You at the weekend is fast becoming his most popular, already seen by 300,000 people since the weekend.

As for Tamera, it appears her high point in the competition so far was back in the first few weeks, with her take on Beyonce's listen having been watched almost a million times.

Further down the YouTube leaderboard and we find Rough Copy, Luke Friend and Hannah Barrett all battling it out with similar numbers of viewers.

Both Luke and Hannah have been in the bottom two already, but it's a fate that Rough Copy have so avoided.

The trio are significantly behind the top three in viewers however, with their combined viewings for last weekend's latest performances the same as Nicholas' song views alone.

It's also worth noting that the last time we looked at the YouTube views at the start of this month, it was Sam Callahan, Abi Alton and Kingsland Road who were all at the bottom and who have now all left the competition.

Will Luke, Hannah and Rough Copy be next to leave? Or could we be seeing some shock exits soon?

With the bookies and Sam looks all but set to win the show come next month's final at Wembley Arena.

She's now the odds-on tip to triumph, while it's Hannah who's being backed to go next.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: "Sam's odds have been slashed again and she's starting to look like a certainty. Nicholas is the only contender who we now think has a chance of upsetting the odds."

The X Factor continues this Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.

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