Music Specials Betting By Joe Crilly

You’d Better Belieb It: Bieber And Stormzy Knock X Factor Off The Top Of The Betting

For the first time this year, the X Factor winner’s single has been knocked off the top of the betting for Christmas number one. William Hill make Louisa 2/1 second favourite behind new market leader, Justin Bieber, who is 7/4 and ahead of massive market mover, Stormzy, who has come in from 100/1 to become 5/1 third favourite.

“Not since James Arthur’s single have we been so close to Christmas and not had an X Factor single as favourite for the festive top spot,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. “That was the first and only time since the show’s inception and given the size of the gamble, our punters think that Bieber has this race won.”

Christmas number one: 7/4 Justin Bieber; 2/1 Louisa Johnson; 5/1 Stormzy; 7/1 NHS Choir; 12/1 Star Wars Theme; 20/1 Military Wives; 25/1 Adele; 25/1 Eagles of Death Metal; 25/1 Grace; 33/1 Kylie Minogue/James Corden; 50/1 BAR