X Factor 2018 contestants: Current favourites ahead of final auditions

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Here's a round up of the current X Factor 2018 favourites following the latest auditions.

In last Saturday's episode, we met a variety of acts including Richard Ryan, a 25 year old on call Firefighter from Kidderminster, and Giovanni Spano, a 33 year old West End performer from London. The pair both split the judges, but did get three yeses to make the next round.

There was also Armstrong Martins, who surprised the judges with his unique take on a High School Musical classic, the LMA choir, shocking Sephy Francisco and a touching audition from Ricky John.

20 year old Georgia Burgess proved the standout of the night with her cover of Who's Loving You getting all four judges on their feet while Tom Richards returned, having previously auditioned for the show in 2010 alongside Louis Tomlinson.

On Sunday's show, impressing the judges were Bella Penfold, a 19 year old hotel singer from Essex and Lanya Matthews, a 17 year old student from Tottenham.

Singing teacher Dee Lush performed an original song before Dalton Andre Harris, a 24 year old performer gave a touching rendition of Elton John's Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word, Nathan Grisdale's took on Andra Day's Rise Up and 25 year old session singer from Croydon, Shan sang Loren Allred's Never Enough to make the cut with four yeses each.

And Shan has become the early frontrunner - setting a new X Factor record with bookmakers Ladbrokes.

The bookies can reveal that after one audition, no hopeful in the show's 14 year history has been priced shorter than her to win the competition.

At 11/4, Shan is running away with things as clear favourite ahead of Bella Penfold and Brendan Murray - from the first weekend - (both 9/1).

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "She wowed judges and viewers alike on Sunday night and even after just one audition, punters - along with our traders - are clearly convinced she'll go all the way."

X Factor 2018 odds

Shan - 11/4
Bella Penfold - 9/1
Brendan Murray - 9/1
Anthony Russell - 10/1

Ricky John - 10/1
Dalton Harris - 12/1
Georgia Burgess - 14/1
Molly Scott - 10/1

The X Factor 2018's final auditions airs Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.

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