The auditions continue this weekend and although it is still in its early stages there is strong competition between the judges. The categories were announced after a public vote and as acts begin to make their way to bootcamp it has had an impact on the betting.
As Louis Johnson continues to dominate as the early 4/1 frontrunner, Rita Ora is the 2/1 favourite to be the winning judge after getting the Girls category which has shortened into the now new favourite category from 15/8 to 9/4.
Nick Grimshaw was the longshot to have the winner in his first year having been initially installed at 10/3, but after being named as the mentor for the Boys he was cut into 9/4. This move is a result of acts such as Josh Daniel (8/1), Simon Lynch and Seann Miley Moore, who both priced at 10/1 to win. The Boys category is 5/2 to win as they hold onto three of the top five spots in the betting.
Cheryl has drifted slightly after being awarded the Groups and now lies third in the betting at 5/2 from 11/4. However with acts such as 4th Power, who are joint second in the betting at 8/1, The First Kings (12/1) and Alien (16/1) impressing, the Groups have been cut into 11/4 from 10/3, so it’s not all doom and gloom for Cheryl.
Simon got the Overs category and has since drifted out to bottom of the pile to have the winning act at 7/2 having been a key contender at 9/4 previously. The Overs category is the weakest so far and is the outsider to produce this year’s winner at 4/1.
Aoife Heffron from bookmakers BoyleSports said last night: “Rita Ora could be in for a win in her first year as an X Factor judge after bagging the Girls category which at the moment looks the strongest. Favourite to win Louisa Johnson is no doubt responsible for the recent burst of support for the Girls and it has been backed into the 9/4 favourite category to win as a result.”
She added: “Simon won last year with the Overs and we fancied his chances at successive wins, however after getting the Overs again and with the lack of talent going into the category, the X Factor head judge is now the outsider to have the winner on his side after drifting out to 4/1 from 9/4.”