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Nic Ladds 10th Dec 2009 - 12:06

Bank on Joe to steal the show one last time

He may be a short price favourite now but don't let that put you off backing Joe McEdlerry who is one of the best 4/11 shots you are ever likely to see.

Joe has been a lot people's idea of an X Factor winner for quite some time due to his affable nature and consistently good performances week after week which have seen him safely through every week.

The only way he can conceivably fail to win this is if Simon Cowell talks him up the most and gives him the best songs and slots to sing in as they seem to rebelling against whatever he does after the Lucie incident earlier in the series. A prime example of this is last week when Danyl had the most well known songs, went on last and had the highest praise yet got eliminated.

Cowell has Olly to concentrate on this week though and it is very hard to see the public allowing Simon to be the winning judge this year after he lost so much credibility by effectively saving John and Edward over Lucie, so despite Olly being popular, this will not be enough to save him, largely due to the actions of his mentor, while it is also worth noting that no one who has been in the bottom two has EVER gone on to win  X Factor which all but rules Olly out and he should be longer than 4/1 to win.

Although now the longest price to win Stacey at 9/2 looks the biggest danger as she has never been in the bottom two, has a lot of female and southern support and despite having thrown in some dubious performances, does have a great voice and could be capable of pulling a big number out the bag.

Joe however has not thrown in any dubious performances. He has been majestic every week with some truly outstanding vocal performances and this week he is performing with none other than George Michael who is by far the biggest super star performing (Olly has Robbie Williams and Stacey has Michael Buble) and this can only enhance Joe's credentials as the most likely winner.

Simon has come out repeatedly and said he doesn't want a female winner which makes Stacey look even more vulnerable and Olly looks beaten which tees this whole thing up for Joe who is the one who will be able to sing the winner's song (Miley Cyrus' The Climb) with ease as Olly especially will struggle to cobble together a decent version of the song.

Joe has and still is consistently polling the best out of the final three, has universal appeal, a recordable voice and very poor opposition to compete against and this makes his odds of 4/11 still have great appeal as this looks near enough to a certainty so get your Joe mask here and support the lad on Saturday!

For those who prefer something slightly longer, the straight forecast market could be for you with Joe to finish first and Stacey second at 6/4, while Joe first and Olly second is 13/8.

We also have a couple of special markets for the final including final audience peak figures and the number of X Factor number 1 singles in 2010.

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