The X Factor 2014 final 12: XFactor UK finalists favourites

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As we prepare for X Factor’s Judges Houses starting tonight, here's a look at who the favourites are to make the live shows.

Punters have had their say regarding who they want to see in the final stage of the competition, although what the judges will decide to do may turn out to be something completely different entirely.

Bookies Boylesports has seen some changes when it comes to who people are back to win.

Overs category singer Jay James remains the bookmaker's biggest loser as he strengthens even further as the favourite to win at 10/3.

In the Boys category, Andrea Faustini has made the massive jump into the 4/1 second favourite following support, having been installed at 10/1 before his bootcamp performance.

The new 8 Piece Boy Band and Paul Akister are both expected to sail through to the live shows at 5/1.

In the Girls, Lauren Platt looks like she will fight off the competition at 9/1 and could be joining Kerrianne Covell and Lola Saunders who are both 8/1 to win. It is a toss-up for the final Boy as support has weakened for both Jake Quickenden, now 16/1, and Jack Walton, who is 20/1.

Only The Young can consider themselves a shoo-in at 14/1 as the rest of the groups find themselves at the lower end of the betting.

Back to the Overs and in with a shot are Ben Haenow, who is as short as 7/1, and 25/1 Helen Fulthorpe.

Aoife Heffron from Boylesports said: “Jay James has such support behind him from day one and it has not let up. He is currently a three figure loser in our books, indicating he has nothing to worry about ahead of Judges Houses.”

She added: “Andrea Fasutini has had a surge of money coming in for him since bootcamp making him the now 4/1 second favourite out doing Paul Akister in the Boys, suggesting we will see him in the live shows maybe sporting that pug jumper again!”

The X Factor UK airs tonight, Saturday and Sunday on ITV.

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