X Factor Elimination betting preview and tips

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Dastardly Simon Cowell has ordered a double elimination this weekend as the X factor contestants warm up for a Halloween ‘Fright Night’ on Saturday night.

The music mogul reportedly called all of the remaining acts into his office this week to express his disappointment in their singing, and to break the news that there will be an extra elimination on Saturday night this week. The act with the lowest vote after Saturday night’s performances will leave the competition, without a chance to save themselves in a sing-off. Sunday will also see an elimination with the usual sing-off to decide which act stays and which goes. With just eleven finalists remaining, the competition is hotting up and we’re previewing the betting for the next elimination this weekend.

The Boys

Andrea Faustini  +10000  with Bet365

Currently the hot favourite to win the competition, Italian Andrea Faustini is a huge Spice Girl’s fan, which is fortunate for him, as his mentor is Mel B. He has the judges eating out of the palm of his hand with each performance, and would have to drop a real clanger to be eliminated this weekend. Looks bullet-proof.

Paul Akister +1400  with Skybet

Got to the judges houses in the 2012 competition but was let go by Louis. Has performed solidly throughout, and even had Louis almost admitting he’d made a mistake two years ago. By no means safe, but other acts may have more to worry about.

Jack Walton  +175  with Skybet

Mel B’s wildcard and favourite to be eliminated this weekend. Has performed well enough throughout but didn’t impress Simon last week, who said, “…it was like you were invited to a party but didn’t want to be there”. Will have to work hard to avoid the axe.

The Girls

Lauren Platt  +6600  with Skybet

Second favourite to win the competition, and has nailed every performance she’s given so far. The sixteen year old student has had the judges drooling at every turn, and doesn’t need to do anything more than she’s done already to stay in the show.

Lola Saunders  +900  with Skybet

There’s no doubting that the fishmonger from Newcastle would love to swap the fish for caviar and champagne, but she may have to up her game to go all the way. One of those contestants that has the potential to go either way – if she carries on performing well she should be safe, but one bad show could put her right in the mix. Brought in as mentor Cheryl’s wildcard, there may be more to come from Lola.

The Overs

Ben Haenow  +6600 with Betfred

The van driver from Croydon has impressed the judges with each performance, and is another that at this stage looks more likely to win the competition than get eliminated. All four of Simon’s ‘Overs’ acts remain in the competition and this might count against them in the later rounds, but Ben should justify the odds and survive this week.

Jay James  +1400  with Betfred

Ex-Navy man Jay James has the raw emotion that X factor was made for. Passion comes across in each performance which should stand him in good stead for the public vote. Has a great back story, with his ability for singing only discovered during a recovery period from injury, but a nagging doubt that he might just be one bad performance away from getting in trouble.

Fleur East  +2500  with Ladbrokes

26 year old Fleur East was part of the group ‘Addictive Ladies’ that appeared on live shows way back in 2005. Has performed solidly throughout and other acts probably have more to fear this weekend. Gives the impression that she’d be up for the fight if she found herself in a sing-off.

Stevi Ritchie  +550  with Betfred

Charisma has carried the likeable former Bluecoat this far, but comments from the judges about ‘having a good time on stage’ don’t bode well. There are no poor acts left at this stage of the competition and, sadly, it could just be a matter of time until Stevie goes.

The Groups

Only the Young  +350  with Betfred

Mikey, Parisa, Betsey-Blue, and Charlie make up the band Only the Young, and had been a judge’s favourite until a poor performance of ABBA’s ‘The Winner Takes it All’ last week. The news that they were out partying with other group Stereo Kicks just hours after Simon announced the double elimination won’t do them any favours either. Definitely one for the shortlist.

Stereo Kicks  +1600  with Ladbrokes

Eight members make up this boy band, and they performed a Beatles cover with credit last week, prompting Simon to call it a ‘turning point’. However, the novelty of having so many people in a boy band can only take them so far and they’ll need to carry on nailing every performance.

It’s a tough call this weekend and while a few acts, like Andrea Faustini and Lauren Platt look to be safe, most of the other acts will be looking nervously over their shoulders. Jack Walton has been installed as favourite for the next elimination, but that’s at least in part down to the bad performance last week. He’ll know the pressure is on this week and will have to up his game. With just two girls and two groups left it may be the boys and the overs who have most to fear. We’re tipping two acts for the next elimination, Stevi Ritchie and Paul Akister. Stevi has had an absolute ball throughout the competition but it looks like his time is up, and while Paul has done little wrong so far, one bad performance could see him lose the support of the public and go the same way as he did two years ago.

Tips Summary

Next act to be eliminated from the X Factor – Saturday 1st November 2014

Stevi Ritchie  +550  with Betfred

Paul Akister  +1400  with Skybet

 

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