X Factor Odds: Saara Aalto remains favourite to win hours before final

She’s the first X Factor contestant ever to land in the Bottom Two in Week One and then advance to the final.

And just hours ahead of tonight’s show, betmakers are growing more confident that Saara Aalto will win it all.

Every major British betting agency has her down as the odds-on favourite to win, with her odds hovering between 8/15 and 4/7.

Even more interesting is the fact her odds are narrowing further still, with Bet365, Bet Stars, Paddy Power and Betfair all listing her in blue (aka, she’s shortening).

X Factor: Odds to win

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The bookies believe that mustached Matt Terry — who will cover Jess Glynne’s “Take Me Home” tonight — poses the greatest challenge.

He remains the second favourite with odds hovering around 5/2.

But hours before the final his odds are widening, suggesting that bookies are less confident that he’ll slay the pack in Wembley Stadium.

5 After Midnight, who will cover Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love”, are the least likely to win, with their odds generally hovering around 5/1.

In a post-Brexit world there are concerns that Finnish-born Saara will lose a few votes based on her nationality, and indeed there are fans campaigning against her with that in mind.

As BBC Newsbeat reports, that’s led her mentor Sharon Osbourne to speak out, labelling these people “ignorant”.

“It’s so small time,” she said. “It’s like saying you shouldn’t buy The Weekend’s album because he’s from Canada.”

Saara understands that she “was a bit like an outsider coming from Finland.” But it’s now clear that she’s won the public over, partly because of her emotional sing-offs.

Although she’s appeared in the Bottom Two on three occasions, all of her near-exits occurred in the first half of the show — in Weeks One, Two and Five.

Five After Midnight faced the sing-off in Week Eight, while Matt Terry faced it last week in Week Nine.

Tonight Saara will duet with American Idol star Adam Lambert on an undisclosed song, and she’ll also cover Tears For Fears’ 80s classic “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”.

How are YOU feeling with just hours to go? Do you think Saara can slay the Tears For Fears classic? Or will Matt Terry rise like a phoenix and surprise? Let us know in the comments box below.

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