- Saara Aalto has plenty of experience when it comes to taking part in talent shows, having participated in The Voice of Finland and competed on two occasions to represent her country in the Eurovision Song Contest. The 29-year-old is being heavily tipped by the bookmakers to win the competition, although she could face a backlash from X Factor fans who already consider her to be a recording artist.
- Matt Terry entered the competition in an effort to win over a former girlfriend and has subsequently succeeded in making it to the final. The 23-year-old, who claims to possess a great passion for music, is aiming to become the fifth artist from the Boys category to win the show and is rumoured to be dueting with 2012 winner James Arthur during the two-day finale. The Louis Tomlinson look alike could secure victory if he can continue to appeal to his female following.
- 5 After Midnight are aiming to become only the second group to win the X Factor title following the success of Little Mix in 2011. Famed for being the act that finally saw off the infamous Honey G in the week 8 sing-off, the three-piece have long been the sole representatives of mentor Louis Walsh following the withdrawal of Brooks Way and early eliminations of Bratavio and Four of Diamonds. The boys are not fancied to take the title and could find it difficult to make it past Saturday evening’s show.
Before the curtain comes down on the 13th series of this yearly talent show, X Factor viewers have one last big decision to make. Saara Aalto is the favourite to win, but don’t rule out a surge of votes for Matt Terry, depending on which singer has the largest following on the night. One of the two solo artists should claim the crown, however, in a year that has seen Leicester City win the Premier League title and Donald Trump secure victory in the US presidential election, a win for 5 After Midnight shouldn’t be completely ruled out.
The identity of this year’s champion may not be known just yet, but that hasn’t stopped bookmakers from tipping the X Factor winner’s single from topping the charts this Christmas. The track, which is set to be revealed during the final, will see 100 percent of its profits go to charity and is a 4/1 shot to secure the number one spot this festive season.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Matt Terry to win the X Factor - 5/2
Please note, odds may fluctuate.