Louis Walsh has been tipped to bow out of The X Factor on a high, after he was installed as the favourite to be crowned winning mentor of the forthcoming series.
The Irish music manager – who revealed earlier this week that the 2013 series would be his last – has been given odds of 6-4 by bookmakers Ladbrokes after reports that he had been put in charge of the boys’ category this year.
Nicole Scherzinger, who is reportedly mentoring the girls, is second favourite at 7-4, followed by returning judge Sharon Osbourne – who is said to be looking after the over 25s – at 5-1.
Meanwhile Gary Barlow is the outsider at 8-1, following claims that he is in charge of the groups for the first time.
Speculation has also continued to mount over who will take the mogul’s seat on the panel in 2014 – with Robbie Williams currently the 4-1 favourite.
Rita Ora and Mel B are second in the betting at 7-1, while Cheryl Cole is 8-1 to make a return to the show in Louis’s absence.
Others in the running include Mark Owen (9-1) LA Reid (10-1) and Voice duo Danny O’Donoghue and will.i.am – who both have odds of 12-1 to join the show.
“Walsh ‘has been backed to bow out with a bang,” said Ladbrokes spokesperson Alex Donohue. “When it comes to his replacement the money says Williams is the only man for the job.”
The first trailer for the new series of The X Factor was released on Friday, although a start date for the series has yet to be confirmed.