Reality TV Showbusiness By Joe Crilly

X Factor Return: Early Gamble Suggests The Boys Will Win

With the X Factor set to return this weekend and the mentors’ categories having already been announced, William Hill are offering 9/4 that Louis Walsh wins this year’s show (from 11/2), the same price as Nicole Scherzinger. Sharon Osbourne is 11/4 with Simon Cowell 3/1 outsider.


“The betting on the X Factor has already started in earnest after it was announced which categories the judges will be mentoring this year,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. “We have already seen a gamble on Louis Walsh to win this series. We are in a situation at the moment, where we are going in blind but there will be many people who have seen some of the auditions already and picked their favourites. The boys category is proving very popular at this early stage.”


William Hill are also offering 2/1 that the winner of the X Factor bags the Christmas number one single this year, just ahead of Wham at 3/1.


Christmas number one single: 2/1 X-Factor winner; 3/1 Wham


X Factor winning manager: 9/4 Louis Walsh (boys); 9/4 Nicole Scherzinger (overs); 11/4 Sharon Osbourne (girls); 3/1 Simon Cowell (groups)