The X-Factor – The Final 12?

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 7th, 2010

The newspapers have been going crazy after the unveiling of the X-Factor’s, ‘Final 12’ this weekend. Fans have been calling tabloid news desks and posting frantically on internet forums about the shock exclusion of early favourite, Gamu Nhengu. Gamu was in Cheryl Cole’s category, the ‘Under 28 Girls’, but was over looked when Cheryl chose her final 3 candidates to take into the live finals.

Cheryl’s contestants are; Rebecca Ferguson, a 24 year old from Liverpool, Hertfordshire girl Katie Waissel also 24 and 17 year old Cher Lloyd from Malvern. Rebecca is the current favourite in this category and I have to agree with the bookies on this, her voice is reminiscent of an old school jazz singer, and Simon Cowell commented at the ‘Boot-camp’ stage of the auditions, that Rebecca had “a recording voice”. You can currently get around 4/1 for Rebecca as outright winner. Cher and Katie both really underperformed at the ‘Judges houses’ stage, although most think Cher can turn it around and she is 7/1 to win outright. Katie’s popularity has suffered tremendously in the backlash from the scandal of Gamu’s exit and is an outside shot at 25/1.

Dannii Minogue returned from maternity leave to discover she had what most consider to be the second strongest category – the ‘Under 28 Boys’. Her contestants include the clear favourite Matt Cardle, who gave the strongest performance of all the ‘final 12’ at ‘Boot-camp ‘at 11/4. Blackpool boy Aiden Grimshaw is 9/1, with the slightly strange Italian, Nicolo Festa at 25/1.

Louis Walsh’s category – the ‘Over 28s’, looks more like a group of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ contestants, than a bunch of X Factor finalists. Nothing is ever straight forward with The X Factor though and John Adeleye is a very likeable chap, who at 20/1 could prove good value. Former Tesco check-out lady, Mary Byrne is the oldest contestant at 50 and is 25/1; club singer Storm Lee who completes this category is also 25/1.

Last but not least is the category assigned to Simon Cowell, ‘The Groups’. Traditionally ‘The Groups’ under perform in ‘The X Factor’, yet 2008 runners up, JLS have proven to be the exception to that rule, meaning that ‘The Groups’ category can no longer be dismissed out of hand. Pretty boys ‘1 Direction’ are third favourites overall at 9/2, and girl group ‘Belle Amie are 20/1’. My tip though is the uber cool group ‘F.Y.D.’ who I thought gave the best performance at ‘Judges Houses’, they are a massive 25/1.

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