The X Factor 2013 is hotting up nicely. We can see who the main acts are destined to be already, and the voting is nicely playing into the judges’ hands. It most definitely is as much about the judges’ popularity as the contestants’ singing ability, although it always has been.
Over the years, the cult of the X Factor has grown and changed. Once it was about the singing, about the performances and about the contestants. Viewers contented themselves with phone votes and it was rather less of a big deal than it is these days.
The rise of X Factor betting
Betting on all of the reality TV series that are popular, including Strictly Come Dancing. I’m a Celebrity and Great British Bake Off as well as the X Factor has become hugely popular over the last few years.
Bookies offer odds for the contestants, judges, performances and just about everything else you could think of. It’s a great way to get more involved with your favourite show and most certainly adds excitement to your weekends. Freebets shows the different odds available on your favourite contestants as the competition changes from week to week.
How to select your winner
With the X Factor, it’s important to figure out the potential motivations of the producers. Whether the show is a fix or not is always a highly contested point. It certainly seems that acts who can’t sing but look right are herded through the finals – for example, boyband Kingsland Road, who are pretty much a carbon copy of One Direction, were inexplicably through to the live shows despite not really being able to sing.
Rumours abound of certain acts being given a lot of help with autotune to get them through the live shows. So it’s important to be savvy about the contestants’ back stories and likelihood of cornering the biggest vote.
Who’s best to back?
It looked like Kingsland Road would be safe for a while, at least according to the bookies who give them fairly strong odds to stay, despite the fact that they have already been in a sing off. But this weekend viewers saw them leave the competition in a shock exit.
Who’s next to go and which act is a good punt for success?
Quirky contestant Abi Alton seems a sure bet at least for a few weeks. Her performances are weak, particularly when she’s out from behind her piano, but she wins the artsy, quirky vote and is rather lovely, so will most likely charm her way through for a while.
A good tip for elimination over the next couple of weeks is surely Luke Friend. His ever so slightly annoying hair and sub-Jedward performances are likely to fall out of favour with viewers as the final approaches.
Having said that, anything could happen. After all, Matt Cardle won his year despite being pretty uninspiring. We’s suggest Tamera Foster is a good option to keep focused on. She is by far the best singer and appears to have the ability to perform live. It would mean a winner more in the style of Leona Lewis but that could be a likely option as for the past few years it’s all been about the boys.