Cow­ell: Put £50 on Ben for X Fac­tor

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LOOSE-LIPPED Si­mon Cow­ell has let slip his se­cret X Fac­tor win­ner.

The tal­ent show mogul says ev­ery­one should put £50 on Ben Haenow – a 29-year-old van driver from Croy­don, Sur­rey – to win.

But Cow­ell’s bet­ting tip is sure to in­fu­ri­ate other con­tes­tants, not least the singers in the over 25’s cat­e­gory.

The pop pro­ducer, 55, re­vealed: “I’ve al­ready got a win­ner and he’s one of mine.

“But it’s not who ev­ery­one is pre­dict­ing. I’m guess­ing that Ben Haenow is go­ing to sur­prise peo­ple – and I sug­gest you put £50 on him to win.”

Mean­while Cow­ell has also ad­mit­ted his ad­mi­ra­tion for judge Mel B – say­ing she’s a fe­male ver­sion of HIM.

He added: “Mel is a proper grafter and not bitchy or in­se­cure.

“She’s the clos­est you’re go­ing to get to a fe­male ver­sion of me.”

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