X Factor: Bookies slash odds on Mary Byrne

Alas! The X Factor has been whittled down to it’s ‘Final 12‘ and there’s been plenty of surprises in the opening two live shows, perhaps none-more-so than Irish singing sensation Mary Byrne.

The 50-year-old Tesco worker, who looks set for a successful music career, has been slashed in the X Factor betting from 25/1 into 6/1 third favourite, following her flawless performances during the live finals, and with ballad week coming up this Saturday, it may prove profitable to take the 6/1 on offer!

19-year-old Aiden Grimshaw, who performed a breathtaking rendition of ‘Mad World’ in week 1 of the live show, surprisingly floundered on stage last weekend, much to my annoyance as I tipped him up in my betting preview up 10/1. He can still be punted at 8/1 but he’s reportedly been ‘losing his cool’ in rehearsals this week and if he slips up again this Saturday, he could find himself eliminated. Clearly one to swerve, for now at least.

My favourite singer during boot-camp was definitely Matt Cardle and the painter/decorator hasn’t disappointed during the live finals. I’m quite surprised to see him still priced up at 5/2 in the X Factor betting, in my opinion he’s way overpriced considering he has produced the best singing performances in the show to date.

The same can’t be said for attention-seeking Katie Waissel, 33/1, who survived week 1 of the live show by the skin of her teeth. The outspoken 24-year-old singer hasn’t lived up to her own expectations so far and it would be no surprise to see her eliminated on Sunday night. The 7/1 odds on that happening is quite appealing!

Following her meltdown at the judges home, 16-year-old Cher Lloyd, who is available in the betting at 9/1, has showed no signs of distress so far and at the current odds on offer, Cher Lloyd could be the value bet to win the X Factor.

Check back next week for more betting information, an insight into boy-band One Direction and some X Factor gossip!

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!