X Factor 2016: Caitlyn Vanbeck and Emily Middlemas are early favourites

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The X Factor 2016 is HERE and the girls are dominating after the first weekend of auditions shows.

Saturday and Sunday saw the new series kick off and already plenty of talent has been on display with around 20 acts through to bootcamp so far.

Emily Middlemas returned after auditioning two years ago, but getting the boot at the Judges’ Houses stage. She once again wowed the judges with her take on the Stevie Wonder classic Master Blaster and went straight in as the 8/1 favourite to win.

Emily Middlemas
Emily Middlemas

With Emily taking over as the favourite, early favourite Caitlyn Vanbeck, whose audition was aired on Saturday, has been knocked to second in the betting at 9/1.

While it may sound premature talking about favourites at this early stage, acts on The X Factor (and Britain's Got Talent) who feature in the first episode have a habit of going on to win. Last year's first audition show not only included Louisa Johnson but also live show finalists 4th Impact, Lauren Murray and Mason Noise.

Back to the odds and also featuring at 9/1 is James Hughes, who took the judges by surprise after his meek voice quickly turned into a powerhouse performance when he belted out Etta James's I’d Rather Go Blind.

Christian Burrows, who stunned with an emotional original track, is next in the betting at 12/1 with James Wilson leading the way for the Overs at 14/1. Saara Aalto travelled from Finland to audition and it was a worthwhile trip as she heads to bootcamp at 16/1 to win.

The only group to have made it through in the first week are Yes Lad, who are comprised of five lads form the North-West, however they are 50/1 shots to win.

But we know what everyone wants to know - can Honey G win? Well, probably not, given a 100/1 outsider shot to win the show.

Honey G
Honey G

Aoife Heffron from bookies BoyleSports said: “Emily Middlemas is back after two years to try her hand at winning the X Factor and the betting is on her side at present as she holds the top spot at 8/1. She’s not safe at the top however with this being the first week of auditions, but people do love a redemption story.”

She added “Caitlyn was the early favourite after her audition on Saturday but has since been eased to share the second favourite spot with James Hughes at 9/1.”

Vote for your favourite from the first weekend of X Factor auditions below...

The X Factor 2016 airs Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.

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