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Jon Riley 4th Feb 2011 - 13:04

You Bet Simon Stays As Panel Has X-Factor

ITV bigwigs are said to be sweating because none of the judges have signed up to the UK show, but Hills reckon that they need not worry too much as all of last year's judges are odds-on to return for the first live show. Louis is 1/5, Cheryl is 1/6, Dannii 4/6 and Simon almost a certainty at 1/66. Should one of the judges step down, Sharon Osbourne may well be waiting in the wings and is 5/2 to appear as a judge on the first live show.

Which Judges Will Be On The First Live Show: 1/66 Simon, 1/6 Cheryl; 1/5 Louis; 4/6 Dannii; 5/2 Sharon Osbourne

Best Of British For American X-Factor

Dermot O'Leary is the 4/7 odds-on favourite to become the first host of American X-Factor. His closest rival is current American Idol host Ryan Seacrest at 3/1 with Mario Lopez 5/1. British presenters feature heavily in the betting with Cat Deeley 12/1, Steve Jones 33/1, Piers Morgan 50/1 and Ant & Dec 100/1.

"Dermot has been a huge hit since taking the reins from Kate Thornton on the UK show and Simon obviously believes that he can do a job across the pond. Whether Seacrest and Lopez will be happy with a Brit sneaking in under their noses is another matter however," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.

First Permanent Host Of America X-Factor: 4/7 Dermot O'Leary; 3/1 Ryan Seacrest; 5/1 Mario Lopez; 10/1 James Kennedy; 12/1 Cat Deeley; 12/1 Christina Aguilera; 16/1 Zac Effron; 20/1 Lea Michelle; 25/1 Vanessa Hudgens; 25/1 Matthew Morrison; 25/1 Katy Perry; 25/1 Steve Tyler; 33/1 Steve Jones; 33/1 Steve Carrell; 50/1 Piers Morgan; 50/1 Jane Lynch; 100/1 Ant & Dec; 500/1 Alex Reid



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