And then there were three. The X Factor pile has been whittled down to a trio in time for this weekend’s finale, except for the first time since the live shows got underway, Matt Terry is favourite no more.
Instead, he’s been replaced as odds leader by the emerging Saara Aalto, per Paddy Power, and What Are The Odds has dissected the three-way battle for this year’s crown as the remaining contestants face their final hurdle.
Saara Aalto to complete her comeback?
Aalto’s spiral up the X Factor rankings is nothing short of a major shock considering it wasn’t long ago she was considered something of an also-ran in the race for this year’s title.
Now, though, the songstress is an extremely favourable 8/11 (1.73) leader to clinch a record deal with Simon Cowell’s SyCo label, a major improvement on the 2/1 (3.00) she could be found at prior to last weekend’s semis.
Emily Middlemas exited the running on Sunday, meaning Sharon Osbourne (Aalto), Nicole Scherzinger (Terry) and Louis Walsh (5 After Midnight) are the only judges with acts now remaining in the show.
Terry made a shock appearance in the most recent sing-off, and while his rendition of Christina Aguilera’s “Hurt” was enough to keep him in the contest, he’s now had to settle for a place as runner-up in the stakes at 21/10 (3.10). To contrast that against previous weeks, this is the first time Paddy Power have priced the youngster further than evens since the live shows began.
Of course, Terry might have the talent to rescue his former status at the final hour and pull the victory that’s so long seemed destined of him out of the bag, but Aalto looks like an unstoppable force of late, one who appears to have won over voters’ hearts over time.
Meanwhile 5 After Midnight remain the underdogs and are a much more valuable 5/1 (6.00) entering the final showdown, and they could be capable of one last shock considering they’ve only taken part in one sing-off, while odds leader Aalto has played her part in no fewer than three.
Will Terry turn the tide back in his favour, or has this become Aalto’s race to lose?
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