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Jon Riley 4th Mar 2011 - 14:42

You Bet Zinger Has More X-Factor Than Cheryl

William Hill have suspended betting on the permanent American X-Factor judges with the bookies believing that an announcement is imminent. A sudden rush of bets on Nicole Scherzinger saw the book close with both her and Simon Cowell priced at 1/100 certainties to take over two of the four judging roles.

Cheryl Cole had gone backwards in the betting, drifting to 7/1, while Katie Price was 25/1. Should the announcement come this weekend, it will perhaps take some of the gloss off American Idol's announcement of their final 13 earlier this week, for which Lauren Alaina is the 5/1 favourite to win.

"The money that we have seen over the last 48 hours, suggests Cowell may well be readying himself for an announcement. We already knew that Simon was a certainty to judge across the pond, but now Nicole Scherzinger seems to have trumped poor Cheryl to the US gig," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.

Cowell is set to jet over from the States to take part in the UK live shows but Hills are offering 16/1 that his hectic schedule becomes too much and he quits before the live final.

Hills have also slashed the odds of Lily Allen becoming the next permanent judge on the British X-Factor from 20/1 to 4/1 joint second favourite with Gary Barlow and Sharon Osbourne and behind the 7/2 favourite Katy Perry.

American Idol Outright: 5/1 Lauren Alaina; 11/2 Casey Abrams; 6/1 Scotty McCreery; 7/1 Jacob Lusk; 7/1 Thia Megia; 7/1 Paul McDonald; 8/1 Pia Toscano; 12/1 James Durbin; 14/1 Karen Rodriguez; 16/1 Stefano Langone; 25/1 Hayley Reinhart; 25/1 Naima Adedapo; 33/1 Ashton Jones

Next Permanent UK X-Factor Judge: 7/2 Katy Perry; 4/1 Lily Allen; 4/1 Gary Barlow; 4/1 Sharon Osbourne; 8/1 Nicole Scherzinger; 8/1 Robbie Williams; 8/1 Paula Abdul; 10/1 Michael Buble; 14/1 Sinitta; 16/1 Leona Lewis; 16/1 Geri Halliwell; 16/1 Kylie Minogue; 20/1 Pixie Lott; 20/1 Natalie Imbruglia; 20/1 Ronan Keating; 20/1 Kelly Rowland; 20/1 Lulu; 25/1 Charlotte Church; 25/1 Alexandra Burke; 25/1 Emma Bunton; 50/1 Victoria Beckham; 50/1 Madonna; 50/1 Pete Waterman; 66/1 Eminem




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