- Grace Davies is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Blackburn, who stunned the audience and the judging panel alike with her self-penned song Roots. Grace is already known to fans of BBC Music’s Introducing project, and she has racked up more than 50 million listens on Soundcloud, so it wouldn’t be any great surprise if this talented artist were to reach the X Factor 2017 final. Whether or not she lives up to her early favouritism to win the competition outright remains to be seen.
- Sean and Conor Price are teenage brothers from Ireland who impressed the judges with their rendition of All Along The Watchtower, which was originally penned and recorded by Bob Dylan but was probably made even more famous by Jimi Hendrix. Daring to sing a new rendition of such a classic takes courage, but the busking brothers delivered the goods and bookmakers have installed them as the early second-favourites to win.
- Rak-Su is a four-piece boy band which had the honour of being the first act to audition in the first episode of this year’s series. They performed an original song called I’m Feeling You, which showcased their ability to sing, rap and dance, and they received four Yes votes from the judges to proceed to the Bootcamp stage. They also made plenty of fans on Twitter and other social media sites, which should come in handy if they continue to impress.
- Alisah Bonaobra is a Filipino singer who is no stranger to television talent shows, having previously made it to the final of The Voice of the Philippines in her home country. The 22-year-old wowed everyone with her performance of the Beyoncé hit Listen, and judge Nicole Scherzinger was so touched by it that she even shed a tear.
- Rai-Elle Williams is a 16-year-old singer from Croydon who earned herself four Yes votes from the judges with an impressive performance of the Awolnation hit Sail. That alone was enough reason to celebrate, but it was in fact Rai-Elle’s first ever audition, and so there is plenty of potential for her to take things up a notch or two further as she becomes more accustomed to the experience of performing in public.
- Berget Lewis is a 45-year-old soul singer from Amsterdam who started out as a backing singer and has achieved success as an artist in her own right in the Netherlands. She entered this year’s X Factor competition to try and reach a bigger audience, and her performance of Prince’s Purple Rain blew the judges away to earn four Yes votes.
There are plenty of other acts which made it through the auditions, but the six highlighted here are the bookmakers' favourites at the time of writing, and for good reason. Picking an act for betting purposes is always a subjective thing, but at this stage we would narrow it down to Grace Davies, Alisah Bonaorba and Berget Lewis. Given that Paddy Power are paying out on each-way bets for the first three places, we will take an each-way chance on Berget Lewis to win the competition.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Berget Lewis to win The X Factor 2017 (each way) – 12/1
*Please note that odds may fluctuate as the competition continues.