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When something isn’t broken, there’s no need to fix it. However, the past few years have seen ITV’s ‘The X-Factor’ struggling in the rankings. ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ has beaten the show on a regular basis. Simon Cowell doesn’t like losing but recent changes haven’t produced positive results. Now he’s taken a gamble and introduced ‘X-Factor: Celebrity.’
This new series began on Saturday October 12 and is a reality TV fans dream. Rather than turning a member of the general public into a singing superstar (well sometimes), it’s the turn of the celebrities this year.
You probably get a prize if able to actually be able to name all the celebrities taking part in this series. We have everyone from former ‘Love Island’ contestants to You Tube personalities and even Brendan Cole, a former pro dancer from ‘Strictly.’ He’s teaming up with former ‘Hollyoaks’ actor Jeremy Edwards but is 200/1 (201.0) at Betfair to win this show.
As in the past, the contestants are split up into different categories, namely groups, overs and unders. It’s all change in terms of the judges again. Simon Cowell remains of course but Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger return to the show.
The idea is that the show features celebrities who aren’t best known for their singing ability. Yet one of the contestants is Kevin McHale who was the boy band NLT who once opened for The Pussycat Dolls who of course included Miss Scherzinger in their ranks.
McHale then went into ‘Glee’ as wheelchair-bound Artie Abrams. He even appeared on ‘The X-Factor’ as part of Glee singing ‘Don’t Stop Believing.’ Not quite a celebrity not known for his singing is he? You can get odds of 8/1 (9,0) at Ladbrokes on him winning this show.
Then there’s Ricki Lake who starred in the original film of ‘Hairspray’ and made a cameo appearance in the musical version. She also appeared in the US series ‘The Masked Singer’ where one of the judges was a certain Nicole Scherzinger. She’s 25/1 (26.0) at Betfred to win this series.
So who are the favourites for this nail-biting show? Max and Harvey are the current front runners and are 3/1 (4.0) at BetVictor. Meghan McKenna is only 4/1 (5.0) at William Hill but she’s also no stranger to the music industry having released a country album!
Rugby playing trio ‘Try Stars’ are also strongly fancied with odds of 6/1 (7.0) at Paddy Power. A good outside bet could be Jenny Ryan. Best known as ‘The Vixen’ from ‘The Chase,’ she’s impressed with her deep voice that isn’t a million miles (but with considerably less talent) from that of Cher and Adele.
Jenny Ryan was a big hit on the first show but can she muster enough support to win the whole show. She does look a good bet to win the overs group and can be backed at 6/4 (2.5) at Betfair.