Nicole Scherzinger was especially impressed by the group and they are no bigger than 9/2 with Betfred to claim victory before Christmas, with their rendition of Phil Collin’s hit ‘In The Air Tonight’ stunning the judges and audience alike.
Gary Barlow will clearly pin his hopes of victory on Rough Copy, although Kingsland Road are clearly attempting to become the next One Direction and aren’t without a chance at odds of 10/1 with bet365, although there are five other acts ahead of them in the pecking order right now.
Tamera Foster delivered a sturdy performance to continue being the outright favourite for X Factor 2013, with the 16-year-old singing Ain’t Nobody by Rufus and Chaka Khan in a 1980s-themed episode. Her performance impressed judge Gary Barlow so much that he told her: “You have the X Factor.”
Foster can still be backed at 7/2 with Coral and should continue to breeze through these early rounds, while the same can be said of Nicholas McDonald who is a 9/2 chance and remains a rock-steady each-way bet despite the emergence of Rough Copy.
McDonald has been enjoying something of a love-in with Scherzinger on Twitter and the Scot is also the apple of Louis Walsh’s eye, with Nicky set to go a long way in the competition and is arguably the only one in the Boys category who can actually sing.
The former PussycatDoll gushed after Saturday’s performance: “Ever since I saw you the very first time, I really loved you because of that voice and it’s just so effortless. I don’t know where it comes from, but tonight is the first night that I noticed those baby blue eyes of yours. I mean girls, help me out here! Good job sweetie.”
Sam Bailey represents Sharon Osbourne’s best chance of success since returning to the show and the prison officer is massive odds-on to be the Top Over after Lorna Simpson bit the dust at the weekend.
Meanwhile, the Next Elimination market is hotting up and Miss Dynamix will struggle to avoid being in the bottom two this week, with odds of 6/4 available that they are axed.
Shelley Smith could also be vulnerable and can be backed at 7/2 to leave Osbourne with just one act left after two rounds of the competition, while Luke Friend doesn’t have the greatest voice and will get picked off sooner rather than later.