Bookies slash odds on a X Factor UK return for Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

Bookies have slashed the odds on Kelly Rowland returning to The X Factor UK after Simon Cowell said he wanted this year's panel to remain the same.

Despite rumours of various replacements - ranging from Beyonce to Estelle - Simon explained at the weekend his "gut feeling" was not to make any changes.

Kelly Rowland's odds of taking part have been cut to just 2/1, from 10/1, according to Ladbrokes.

Gary Barlow looks a certainty to judge again at 1/20 while Britney Spears is also the subject of a bizarre punt for the job as her odds tumble from 50/1 to 10/1.

Engelbert Humperdinck also enters the reckoning at 14/1 following his Eurovision nomination.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: "The latest odds suggest the race for the fourth spot is heating up. Punters are latching onto all sorts of names with Kelly the latest tip."

But if there are any changes, the bookies reckon it'll be Simon Cowell himself who returns, with odds of 3/1.

The music mogul recently rejoined Britain's Got Talent, and teased last month that he "missed" The X Factor UK after moving to the US version.

“Do you know what, I’m going to see maybe if we can move the dates around so I can do both shows in the future because I miss it,” he said.

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