X Factor final weekend is upon us – expect duets, dodgy cover versions and Dermot O’Leary in manic hug mode.
But who will leave the competition on the first night, leaving a only two acts to battle it out for a record deal with Simon Cowell?
Will it be crooner Dalton Harris, sassy Scarlett Lee or jail Facetime fiend Anthony Russell? According to those boffins over at Betfair and Paddy Power, Anthony is the favourite to snatch third place.
Sources say his odds tumbled after a series of Daily Mirror exclusives revealed the singer had some dodgy friendships. He Facetimed a man in prison and then was caught hanging around with a killer.
Anthony Russell is favourite to go
He was pictured larking around with brutal killer Michael Sands – sparking outrage among X Factor bosses , including Simon Cowell , who are said to have considered kicking the finalist off the show for his links to the thug.
- X Factor chiefs ‘furious’ over Anthony Russell’s links to brutal killer Michael Sands
Dermot O’Leary and Dalton Harris
Sands had been jailed for battering defenceless Neil Murphy, 18, in Liverpool in 2010. The victim suffered brain damage after being punched and kicked in the head in an attack the trial judge described as “without mercy”.
He died days later. Earlier in the week he was caught video chatting with jailed Michael Trevillion, who was using a mobile phone that had been smuggled into prison.
Laughing Anthony Russell larks around with brutal killer Michael Sands
28-year-old Anthony was at the ITV studios when he spoke to the man, once described as ‘Merseydie’s most wanted’ on FaceTime.
Michael, seemingly using an account under the name John Smith, posted a screenshot of the call on his Facebook page on October 14, writing: "Just had a belter chat with my mate Anthony Russell an [sic] he’s got the X Factor xxx"
Scarlett is favourite to make it through
Here are the full odds for the X Factor
X Factor 2018 Winner
Dalton Harris 2/9, Scarlett Lee 5/1, Anthony Russell 9/1
Scarlett Lee 10/11, Anthony Russell 6/4, Dalton Harris 9/2
Anthony Russell 4/5, Scarlett Lee 5/4, Dalton Harris 16/1
Place your bets at Paddy Power or Betfair .