Bailey short odds in X Factor final
Sam Bailey is all but past the post in Sunday night's X Factor if the bookmakers odds are to be believed.
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The Leicestershire singer survived an apparent microphone glitch during her duet with Nicole Scherzinger on Saturday evening to make her way through to Sunday's final and her head-to-head against Nicholas McDonald has been widely regarded as one of the most one-sided finals in the history of the show.
Trading at a general 1/7, the mood of the bookmakers was summed up by William Hill's Joe Crilly who said: "Sam has been our odds on favourite for some time now and these final odds are the most one sided in recent memory but it has only been the last few weeks that she has started to come to the fore as when she first performed her audition piece, she was 12/1.
"She has been the subject of 15% of all bets placed during the X-Factor this year the biggest of which was on Wednesday from a punter in Coventry, who backed her to the tune of £8,000 at 1/4 which will see them scoop a £2,000 profit should she win the show."
While victory in the competition guarantees a recording contract, it does not necessarily equal a long term future of chart success.
Ironically, three of the shows most famous graduands did not win the competition. One Direction were third to Matt Cardle in series seven; JLS were second to Alexander Burke in series five while Olly Murs was runner-up to Joe McElderry in series six.
Hills offer 2/5 about the winner going on to have the Christmas Number 1 single. Matt Cardle (2010) was the last X Factor artist to do so though the aforementioned Joe McElderry was infamously usurped by an internet campaign that saw Rage Against The Machine prevail with Killing In The Name.