[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Monday, 5 June 2006, 15:25 GMT 16:25 UK
Actress favourite to win X Factor
Lucy Benjamin
Benjamin was almost voted off in the third round of the show
Former EastEnders star Lucy Benjamin is favourite to win the final of X Factor: Battle of the Stars, against England and Bath rugby player Matt Stevens.

Bookmaker William Hill is offering odds of 1/2 on a win for pregnant Benjamin, while Stevens has odds of 6/4.

The pair were left to contest the final after BBC DJ Chris Moyles was voted off by the public, in the seventh departure from the ITV talent show.

"I'm quite surprised actually," said Moyles, following the vote.

In the semi-final, Benjamin performed Billie Holliday's That Old Devil Called Love and Torn by Natalie Imbruglia.

Stevens sang I Got A Woman, by Ray Charles, and Robbie Williams' She's The One.

Attitude

Despite his departure, Moyles' rendition of Otis Redding's Hard To Handle, along with Wonderwall by Oasis, earned praise from judges Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell.

Osbourne told him: "On entertainment value alone you should win this show."

And Cowell told the disc jockey: "You've brought exactly the right attitude to this show - you tried your best, been competitive and you bring a sense of fun.

"You have my vote for the final."

Moyles had earlier said that he did not believe he would get so far in the competition, or take it as seriously as he did.

The celebrity contestants are raising money for charity by appearing on the show.


SEE ALSO:
DJ Moyles is voted off X Factor
04 Jun 06 |  Entertainment
Singing chefs voted off TV show
03 Jun 06 |  Entertainment
Sanderson voted off X-Factor show
02 Jun 06 |  Entertainment
Loos and Hewitt leave X Factor
02 Jun 06 |  Entertainment
Model Marsh voted out of X Factor
01 Jun 06 |  Entertainment
Diet guru McKeith out of X Factor
31 May 06 |  Entertainment
Daniels out of celebrity X Factor
30 May 06 |  Entertainment


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific