The X-Factor is back this weekend with Simon Cowell heading the thirteenth series of the show. He has re-shuffled the judging panel and brought back Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh hoping they can make it the most entertaining series yet and discover someone who has the X-Factor. Before the show begins, we’ve taken a look at who the bookmakers believe the winning judge and winning category will be.
Simon Cowell has won the show a record three times and many believe he can get the best out of his chosen finalists. After failing to be in the top three in series twelve, Cowell will be out to win the show and the bookmakers have installed him as the 9/4 favourite to be the winning judge. Between Sharon, Nicole and Louis they have only managed three wins combined with one a piece and they will be determined to stop Simon. Louis Walsh's sole victory came over ten years ago when he mentored Shayne Ward in series two. Walsh is one of the more favourable judges with the public and you can get 4/1 on him winning the show for a second time. If you don’t fancy either of them, take a look at the table for the price of each judge to win the latest series.
|Simon Cowell||Sharon Osbourne||Nicole Scherzinger||Louis Walsh|
After the auditions, each judge will find out what category they will be mentoring. This will be a defining moment for them as they will all have an early indication on which category is the strongest. The girls had the winner last series with Louisa Johnson. Previous winners from that category include Alexandra Burke and Leona Lewis who are without a doubt two of the greatest contestants that the X Factor have ever produced. The bookmakers have installed the girls as the 9/4 favourite to win the show for a fourth time. The groups have been the least successful category with their sole win coming from Little Mix five years ago. Little Mix are combined of four girls who failed to make it through to the next round at boot camp and the same situation occurred for One Direction the year before. With the chances of a group being formed at bootcamp pretty high, 4/1 for a group to win is a very generous price.