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Punters Remain Unmoved As Jedward Continue To Confound The Critics


Although Stacey’s ‘magnificent’ display has bettors rushing to back her....

THEY may have torn up the form book again to avoid the dreaded bottom two, but at 18-1, John and Edward Grimes are still major outsiders to win X Factor on Betfair, and are already the second favourites to be eliminated next weekend (9-4).

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The twins went into round six odds-on to be plunged into another sing-off, yet their somewhat inspired performance of Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’ – a fitting song choice – reclaimed the public vote and kept them in the show for another week.

However, unlike the last time they surprisingly survived, punters have been slow to put their money behind the duo, who they seemingly feel are living on borrowed time.

Instead, they’ve been quick to install Stacey Solomon as the new second favourite to win the show, with the last remaining female contestant now priced at 3-1, just behind long-term front runner Olly Murs (12-5).

Betfair spokesman Ari Last said: “In the aftermath of previous Jedward survivals our customers have shown a belief that an unlikely triumph was on the cards, with their odds dropping to as low as 7-1, yet this time things are markedly different.

“There appears to be too much real talent on display, and it is now the twins’ rivals, particularly Stacey Solomon, who are the focus of Betfair punters’ cash.”

The X Factor 2009 Winner – Betfair bet:  12-5 Olly Murs, 3-1 Stacey Solomon, 7-2 Joe McElderry, 5-1 Danyl Johnson, 18-1 John & Edward, 79-1 Lloyd Daniels


About Betfair: (
Betfair is the world’s biggest online betting community and pioneered the first successful betting exchange in 2000.  Driven by cutting-edge technology, Betfair enables customers to choose their own odds and bet even after the event has started. 

The company now processes over six million transactions a day from its two million registered customers around the world. In addition to sports betting, Betfair offers a portfolio of innovative products including casino, exchange games and poker.

Betfair has twice been named the UK’s ‘Company of the Year’ by the Confederation of British Industry and has won two prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, being recognised for Innovation in 2003 and most recently for International Trade in 2008.

Betfair currently employs over 1,500 people, principally in London, Malta and Tasmania. The company is a licensed betting operator in the UK, and holds licenses in Australia, Germany, Austria, Italy and Malta.

For further information:
Ari Last
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8834 6336
Mob: +44 (0) 7841 818563