Simon Cowell’s mysterious absence from the X Factor’s opening two live shows has prompted speculation over his future on the judging panel, with ex-judge Cheryl Cole much fancied to replace him.
If he does, popular former contestant and mentor Cheryl – who appeared alongside Simon during the Judges’ Houses phase of the show – is amongst the favourites to replace him at 10/1.
Speaking of falls, the show has experienced plunging viewing figures, and is now just 5/2 not to return to ITV next year.
Adele-esque singer-songwriter Grace Davies remains Paddy Power’s favourite to win the show (6/4), ahead of Watford group Rak-Su (11/4), schoolgirl singer Holly Tandy (6/1), and siblings The CutKelvins (8/1).
Paddy Power said: “I’m glad to hear Simon’s better and back on his feet, but the X Factor isn’t without him.
“Apparently, the judging mogul sees his illness as a wake up call, and could prioritise things beyond sob story centred TV.
“If he doesn’t make it back, ITV will want a star name to replace him, and who better than Cheryl Cole?”
X FACTOR SPECIALS
5/2 X Factor not to appear on ITV next year
2/1 Simon Cowell not to return to the X Factor this weekend
10/1 Cheryl Cole to return to the judging panel this series
33/1 Cowell to miss the rest of this series
X FACTOR WINNER
6/4 Grace Davies
6/1 Holly Tandy
8/1 The CutKelvins
14/1 Sean and Conor Price
22/1 Lloyd Macey