X Factor 2012: Nicole Scherzinger favourite to be winning judge!

Nicole Scherzinger (X Factor 2012)

Nicole Scherzinger has been installed as the favourite to mentor this year's X Factor winner by Ladbrokes.

The former Pussycat Doll is rumoured to be in charge of the usually successful boys category, and the bookies give her a 6/4 chance of being crowned the winning judge in her full series d├ębut.

However, after winning last year Tulisa won't be willing to relinquish her title any time soon and she's breathing down Nicole's neck at 7/4 to win with the girls in 2012.

It's 4/1 that Louis and the groups make it back-to-back victories for a band, but it's not looking good for Gary Barlow as the 5/1 outsider to be the first mentor to win with an over-age contestant since Steve Brookstein back in 2004.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "Scherzinger's already got her claws on the winner.

"History shows that the boys always do well and we expect this year to be no different with Nicole in charge of them."

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The X Factor airs on ITV1 later this year.

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