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Nic Ladds 15th Oct 2009 - 11:20

Contesants hoping to find their inner diva and not the exit

It was no surprise to see Kandy Rain go out last week but this week is more of a head scratcher and although Rikki Loney is 2/1 favourite, we reckon there could be an X Factor upset.

Danni Minogue and Cheryl Cole seemingly signed Kandy Rain's death warrant last week as they clearly didn't like them and commented accordingly which combined with their poor singing, made them certs for the boot.

It was Rachel Adedji who found herself in the bottom two with the girls, having had to perform first and to be fair she made Robbie Williams look pretty good, but this week is diva week which means powerful songs for big voices and she could still be in danger at odds of 11/4 to be the next contestant out.

The favourite to go, Rikki Loney is this writer's least favourite contestant and hopefully if the public will see him for what a desperate, try hard, mediocre performer he is then he will be out this week, leaving the final 10 to battle it out in a proper competition.

However, this may not be his week to go as there are bound to be others at bigger prices who could stumble this week.

The evil twins, or John and Edward as Louis would rather they were known are 5/2 to be eliminated this week but Simon would not let them get the boot this week! They're still creating far too much interest in the program with even Soccer AM impersonating them, and one newspaper even called for the campaign against them to be stopped - expect them to be lingering around for a few weeks yet.

Of the others, 9/1 to get the boot Miss Frank should appreciate diva week and put in a performance to match, while Lloyd Daniels at 10/1 could come on to the stage playing DJ Otzi on the spoons and still probably get through to next week as his popularity with the demographic who watch the show (over 10,000 Facebook fans), and while he will be poor at a diva song, he'll be going nowhere.

The two who seem most at risk are Olly Murs at 16/1 to go, and Jamie Archer who is 20/1 in the elimination betting.

Olly has the 'cheeky chappy' personality but it is widely acknowledged that he had the weakest voice in barring a very clever song choice, it is likely his lack of power behind the diva song picked could show him in a glaringly bad light and the public may reach for the phones for others way before him.

Jamie has a similar problem to Olly in that diva week may be a bad one for him but this immensely likeable fellow should be fine through a genuine fan base but those looking for a big outsider could do worse than few quid on him to go.

Wouldn't put anyone off a bet on the most obvious choice Rikki to go and the evens about him being in the bottom two will no doubt be snapped up by many, but in a tough looking week where there around bound to be some bad performances due to the diva theme, at 16/1 Olly looks the tentative pick to be saying goodbye to his singing dream.


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