In an attempt to reignite viewers’ interest in the once all-conquering show, bosses have brought back Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger. Here we have a look at how the betting lines have opened up both for the winning category and the winning manager.
Another old aspect of the show will be returning this year and that will be the room auditions. There will no longer be any arena auditions so we can expect more joke acts and people that have not been initially screened for the arena.
Along with this comes the dynamics between Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne. In their previous stint on the show they were famed for uncontrollable fits of laughter and sometimes getting into petty arguments with each other. This should see viewers warming more to the judges than in previous years and the odds reflect that, with Sharon Osbourne the early favourite to win.
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There’s no doubt that Simon Cowell has changed over the years and is now softer with contestants while having more of a sense of humour. This, along with his competitiveness with Louis Walsh should see him more liked by viewers and itching to win the show outright again – before 2014 his act hadn’t won since 2006.
Having won with the over 25’s in that year of 2014, if he gets one of the boys or girls categories, both best priced at 5/2, we can see him reigning supreme again.