X Factor 2018 judges: Rita Ora, Kylie Minogue, Louis Tomlinson tipped to join panel

X Factor judges odds

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Here's a look at who could be The X Factor 2018 judges as things stand.

It currently appears as though everything is up in the air when it comes to this year's show.

Rumour has it that Nicole Scherzinger is already gone while Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne could also go.

So who could be replacing them?

Well, Rita Ora is the new favourite to join the X Factor judging panel after early frontrunner Cheryl reportedly ruled herself out of the running.

Cheryl was initially the 4/9 favourite to take over from the axed Nicole Scherzinger, but following murmurs that she has signed on for a new dance show called The Greatest Dancer and will be unable to do both roles, the former judge has been eased out to 5/1.

Rita Ora’s odds were then slashed to the now 4/7 favourite from her 7/2 price as it emerges that X Factor bosses have their sights firmly set on the Your Song singer.

Current Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon remains the second favourite, but at the shorter odds of 13/8 from 15/8 with Kylie Minogue next in the betting at 7/2.

Also tipped to takeover include Mel B, Craig David and Louis Tomlinson.

Aoife Heffron, Spokesperson for BoyleSports commented “Cheryl reportedly has already signed on as a judge for the new BBC1 dance show The Greatest Dancer and will not jump ship to reprise her role as X Factor judge for a third time, resulting in her odds being pushed all the way out to 5/1 from the red hot price of 4/9.”

She added: “Rita Ora has already tasted success on the X Factor, having won with Louisa Johnson in 2015, and may be keen to come back for more.”

The X Factor airs on ITV.

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