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Michael Taylor 10th Dec 2008 - 14:22

Quigg, get your money on him

Give Eoghan Quigg the title of 'The X Factor champion' now or face the prospect of yet another bland act topping the Christmas charts.

Saturday's X Factor final will more or less tell us who the Christmas number one will be (1/5 about The X Factor winner) and if justice is done it should be Northern Ireland's Eoghan Quigg.

The little Irishman has everything an X Factor champion needs; a good voice, stage presence and a fan base that includes the biggest voting demographic of all the finalists.

Young girls love him, mums want to mother him and an entire country (albeit a tiny one) are proud of him, and all three sets of fans will no doubt have their finger hovering over the redial button for the duration of the voting time.

There are doubters of Eoghan. Some people think his voice is not strong enough, others say he is too soppy, but lets face facts, he is a young guy singing his heart out and has been consistently excellent throughout the show.

Taking everything into consideration, the price of 7/2 about him winning the show is huge, especially if you look at the average competition he faces from the other two acts.

Yes, Alexandra Burke has the best voice in the competition but what is she really about? The judges constantly comment on her bubbly backstage personality, yet, on stage, she displays a disappointing lack of charisma.

Also, the words 'sub-par Leona Lewis' always seem to be stuck on the tip of my tongue when she sings.

Her price of 4/7 suggests she has been the outstanding performer of the series, and as any X Factor enthusiast would tell you this simply has not been the case. The 6/1 about her coming third is perhaps the best value you can find on the former Popstars: The Rivals reject.

As for JLS, they may have overtaken the McDonald Brothers and Journey South as the best band The X Factor has produced but naming more than two songs they have performed would be a tough task, even for the more seasoned viewer.

The middle of the road ballads they keep churning out are nearly as forgettable as the band members names... Aston, Marvin, Ortise and whatever the other one is called.

The boyband are priced at 3/1 to win outright, which again looks reasonable given the rush of voting they will receive from teenage girls but another round of dull harmonies, which is their strength, is hardly going to inspire people to pick up the phone.

On the forecast betting, Eoghan to come first followed by JLS is priced 14/1 and, if voting was based purely on entertainment, this would be the most fair result.

Everybody has an opinion, including Alexandra Burke admirer Nic Ladds and JLS groupie James Kennedy. Why not have your say on who can win The X Factor by posting a comment? The top five comments on any X Factor article will be rewarded with a free £10 bet.

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