Another contestant will be voted off the X Factor tonight. Bookmakers William Hill have made Lloyd Daniels 2/1 favourite to be the contestant evicted with Irish twins John and Edward Grimes at 3/1.
Oli Murs is the 3/1 favourite to win the show. Spokesman Rupert Adams said: “We think the twins will survive again but Oli could win this.”
The public cast their votes after the contestants rocked out in last night’s episode covering songs by bands including U2, Guns ’N’ Roses and Aerosmith.
First up and a firm favourite with the judges was Joe McElderry. His performance of ‘Don’t Stop Believing‘ by Journey was praised by Dannii Minogue who said he was “an absolute star” and Louis Walsh who told him he expected to see him in the final.
Less popular were unlikely’ X Factor’ favourites the Grimes twins. John and Edward, who have built up a huge following on the back of their chaotic performances, were criticised by Simon Cowell even before they took to the stage.
He said: “It goes beyond nightmares because a nightmare you can wake up from.” The pair, wearing matching leather coats, ventured into rap at one stage in their performance of Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’.
Dannii said their performance was “scary”, adding: “I do look forward to seeing you every week but I’m not sure I’d look forward to hearing you on the radio.”
They were defended by their mentor, Louis, but the harshest criticism came from Simon. He said: “It was night of the living dead, singing Queen out of tune, possibly destroying Queen’s career forever.”
Louis and Simon continued their trademark sniping throughout the show with the Irishman dubbing contestant Jamie Archer “a Lenny Kravitz impersonator”.
He said his version of Primal Scream’s ‘Rocks’ was like a pub singer’s performance, prompting Simon to ask him: “When did you last go into a pub?”.
Danyl Johnson also struggled to impress the judges and his laid-back version of ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ was criticised.
Dannii told him he had lost his “mojo” but Simon leapt to his defence.