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Rowland good value to be named fourth X Factor judge

| 17.05.2011

Kelly Rowland looks great value at 4/1 to secure the fourth judging seat on the upcoming series of the X Factor.

A new-look judging panel awaits audience for the season, with only Louis Walsh remaining from the foursome that watched Matt Cardle claim success last year.

Gone are Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole to focus on the US version of the popular show, while Dannii Minogue has also moved on.

Gary Barlow has been definitely confirmed as one of the new judges, while Tulisa Contostavlos from N-Dubz is 95 per cent likely to fill one of the remaining two positions.

This would leave one place up for grabs and former Spice Girl Mel B is the 3/1 favourite in the X Factor odds to be appointed.

Fellow bandmate Geri Halliwell is another of the market leaders at 6/1, while Lily Allen has been one of the names linked with the position for much of the year and can be backed at 4/1.

However, it is former Destiny’s Child member Rowland who perhaps has the best chance of making the voting panel, particularly after getting the blessing of Cowell ahead of Minogue’s exit.

An insider for the show said: “Simon has been telling producers he wants Kelly Rowland and Tulisa from N-Dubz and the simple fact is there wasn’t room for everyone.

“Something had to give – and that something was Dannii.”

It is also believed that the appearance of Rowland would result in more RnB fans tuning in to watch the show.

Ladbrokes has created a large market on who the fourth X Factor judge will be, with some of the other names featured including Frankie Sandford (15/1), Stacey Solomon (20/1), Myleene Klass (33/1) and Pippa Middleton (66/1).

A £30 stake on Kelly Rowland being an X Factor judge would return £120. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.