Louis Tomlinson favourite to replace Nick Grimshaw on the X Factor
Bookmaker Coral has installed Louis Tomlinson as the clear 1-3 favourite to replace Nick Grimshaw, after he quit the show last night. Former judge Louis Walsh is 2-1 to make a return, while Nicole Scherzinger and Mel B are both priced at 3-1. Other names in the mix include Demi Lovato and Niall Horan at 4-1, Robbie Williams at 9-2, and Kim Kardashian at 20-1.
Meanwhile, Dermot O’Leary is even money to replace Caroline Flack as the show’s presenter, ahead of Rylan Clark at 2-1 and Emma Willis at 3-1. Ant and Dec have been chalked up at 4-1, Mark Wright is 8-1, while Ryan Seacrest is 12-1.
The odds on the X Factor being scrapped next season have been slash to 2-1 from 4-1 following the latest shake-up.
“Louis Tomlinson is the early favourite to take a seat on the judging panel after he impressed as a guest at the judges’ houses. However with a lot of former judges looking to return we could see the likes of Sharon Osbourne or Louis Walsh make a comeback,” said Coral’s Nicola McGeady.
“The show was never the same when Dermot O’Leary left and the odds suggest that Simon will give him his old job back,” added McGeady.
**To be a judge on X Factor’s next series:
1-3 Louis Tomlinson, 2-1 Louis Walsh, 3-1 Nicole Scherzinger, 3-1 Mel B, 4-1 Demi Lovato, 4-1 Niall Horan, 9-2 Robbie Williams, 5-1 Tulisa Constavlos, 6-1 Harry Styles, 10-1 Sharon Osbourne, 10-1 Jessie J, 10-1 Paloma Faith, 12-1 Tinie Tempah, 12-1 Danni Minogue, 14-1 Zayn Malik, 14-1 Ronan Keating, 20-1 Kim Kardashian. Others on request.
**Next X Factor Presenter
Evens Dermot O’Leary, 2-1 Rylan Clark, 3-1 Emma Willis, 4-1 Ant & Dec, 5-1 Rochelle Humes, 8-1 Marvin Humes, 8-1 Mark Wright, 10-1 Laura Whitmore, 12-1 Ryan Seacrest, 16-1 Ferne Cotton, 18-1 Keith Lemon, 20-1 Davina McCall, 20-1 Alan Carr, 22-1 James Corden, 50-1 Jeremy Kyle, 80-1 Jeremy Clarkson
**X Factor to be scrapped after 2016 series