By G9ija

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field sensationally quit The X Factor today and fans have been left wondering who is going to replace them.

Bookies are already giving their verdict on who is most likely to land a job on the panel, with two former judges leading the race.

Betfair have given Cheryl odds of 4/6 to take one of the slots. If she gets it, the job would mark the third time the former Girls Aloud star has returned to the TV talent after two previous stints.

Sharon Osbourne is also said to be in the running with odds of 1/2. It would be fourth tine lucky for Sharon, who was on the show from 2004 until 2007, again in 2013 and then from 2007 until 2012.

Simon Cowell has also had a long-running professional relationship with Mel B, who’s been on The X Factor and America’s Got Talent.

Boffins at Betfair have put evens on the music mogul choosing any of the five Spice Girls.

Other good shouts for the roles include Nile Rodgers, who’s previously made guest appearances, at 2/1, and Sir Elton John at 4/1.

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field quit The X Factor today 

Robbie and Ayda Field quit The X Factor today after just one series.

The pair joined the panel as judges last year, but they’ve confirmed they will not be returning.

In a post on Instagram , Robbie wrote: “A quick update from Team Williams… it’s been a very busy year so far and Vegas has been incredible – we cannot wait for June and July to do it all again…

‘We’ve got some very big announcements coming soon – but we can’t reveal all yet.

“Sadly as it’s impossible to do everything, we’re gutted to tell you we won’t be able to return to The X Factor this year.

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“We will, however, be working on projects with Simon going forward – and as huge fans of the show, we will still be tuning into The X Factor, voting and winding Simon up!”

Robbie explained that filming would clash with his pop career plans, which includes shows at London’s Hyde Park next summer.

He’s also been busy working on music and lyrics for the stage show version of David Walliams ‘ book The Boy In The Dress.

The future of The X Factor panel remains in doubt amid fears fellow judge Louis Tomlinson also won’t be returning for the 2019 series.

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