The X Factor is back this weekend which means from now until Christmas your Saturday nights will be spent watching a few deluded ‘pop stars’ perform on stage while Gary Barlow offers some monotonous criticism and Louis Walsh makes a borderline racist statement.
Don’t deny it, you love it.
In a special twist this year, the official X Factor Twitter page sent out this mysterious tweet earlier on this week…
— The X Factor (@TheXFactor) August 27, 2013
Who will be joining Gazza, Nicole, Sharon and Louis on the judging panel? Could Simon take a break from making little ‘Mr Cowells’ to return to his one true love? Would Cheryl Cole return to the panel tattooed from head-to-toe? Surely it’s not Tulisa.
Word quickly spread in Power Tower and our X Factor guru Steph stopped watching Wagner montages long enough to price us up a market.
At 1/7 the odds suggest that you, the public, will end up being the next judge, with a limited viewer vote rumoured to happen at the end of the live performances to determine nominees for elimination. Simon Cowell is the second favourite at 4/1.
It’s 16/1 for the X Factor bosses to pull out a random audience member each week, while Tulisa, Robbie Williams and a viewer picked at random are all 20/1 shots. Beyonce has as much chance of joining the panel as one of Sharon’s dogs at 33/1, while husband Ozzy is an outsider at 40/1.
Who or what is the ‘fifth judge’?
1/7 Limited viewer vote at end of live performance show to reveal elimination nominee/s
4/1 Simon Cowell
16/1 Random live studio audience member
20/1 Tulisa Contostavlos
20/1 Random viewer
20/1 Robbie Williams
33/1 One of Sharon’s dogs
40/1 Ozzy Osbourne