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X Factor exclusive: If Chris Maloney makes Sunday’s final he will win it

by Josh Powell | December 6, 2012


‘Chris Maloney winning the X Factor would be absolutely criminal. He’d be the first act in the history of the show to win and not release an album’. 

There’s nothing we love more than a bit of X Factor controversy and as we approach the all-singing, all-dancing finale it’s almost too hard to call a winner.

With Jahmene Douglas, James Arthur and Christopher Maloney all fighting it out to be crowned the champ our X Factor insider has shared his thoughts ahead of Sunday’s showdown.

‘It has got to the point where Jahmene and James have kicked on. They’re a completely different class now to Christopher. It would be criminal for him to even make it through the semi-final on Saturday. His fan-base is the ‘Rage Against The Machine’ vote that want to sabotage the show but we expect 15 or 16 million people to watch over the weekend and make the right vote.

Jahmene has been relying too heavily on his back story where as James consistently pulls out a great performance. The problem James has is he’s trying to be edgy on a pop competition, he can’t be indie. If he ever came up against someone like the Gallagher brothers he’d be eaten alive.

James can genuinely win the show at 5/4. Jahmene has a great voice but he is a one-trick pony, he only has one style. James always pulls it out. The problem is, if Chris does make the final he’s won it’.

There is nothing to split Jahmene and James at the top of the market and the two remaining acts from the boys category are both 5/4 in the betting. Christopher is the slight outsider at 7/2 but as Gary Barlow will tell us countless times over the weekend, Maloney is ‘The People’s Choice’ and has the whole of Liverpool behind him.

The best bet of the weekend might be Jahmene to cry at 8/1Now, betting on a man to break down in tears on national TV isn’t something you should do every week but this is a special occasion. Jahmene has every chance of being announced the winner and it is easy to see him crack if Dermot reads out his name.

At 6/1 ‘pick up the phone’ is a tasty bet to be the first cliche used by one of the judges and the 9/2 on Nicole Scherzinger wowing us with a white or cream outfit on Sunday might be worth a few bob.

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