GIBRALTAR, England, November 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Dagenham's Stacey Solomon has emerged as the front runner to follow in the footsteps of Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke by winning ITV1's X Factor.
With the number of phone votes kept top secret by X Factor bosses, the survey by online bingo site, 888ladies.com, provides the first clear indication that it's Stacey who will be the woman to beat when the winner is announced on December 13th.
Fans of single mum Stacey, currently 5/2 to win the show with 888sport, made up a massive 36% of those surveyed with fellow Essex resident, Olly Murs, edged into second with 28%. However, the results make worrying reading for youngster Lloyd Daniels and the controversial 'Jedward' - the acts struggling to 1% and 6% of the vote respectively.
Sitting in the middle of the pack and hoping for a change of fortunes are former bookies favourite, Danyl Johnson (7%), and Chery Cole's Geordie protege, Joe McElderry (20%).
The contestants aren't the only ones being assessed on their popularity and, following a UK number one single and album, Cheryl Cole's star status shows no sign of fading with 43% of voters naming her as their favourite judge ahead of Simon Cowell (35%). Dannii Minogue's stock continues to rise with 13% of those polled naming her 'best judge' but the popularity of Louis (7%) seems to have suffered following his on-screen tiff with Dermot O'Leary two weeks ago.
The judges' decisions are proving as controversial as ever with 67% disagreeing that it was time for the 'Fro to go' when Jamie Archer was voted off on Sunday night's show. Fans are also getting fed up with the judges reliance on 'deadlock' to make the final decision over which contestant leaves the show - 83% of those surveyed believing it was merely a kop out by the X Factor panel.
888ladies.com spokesperson, Ed Nicholson, commented: Stacey's girl next door attitude has captured the hearts of the nation. She's the best thing to happen to Essex since Faces night club announced a happy hour extension. Whether it's bobbies or builders, everyone is talking about the darling from Dagenham.
Nicholson, added: We obviously don't know the results of the phone votes and, although our poll has Stacey leading the way at the moment, fans are more fickle than Simon Cowell so there's a long way to go yet!
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