On Saturday's X Factor Simon Cowell was so jet-lagged and tired that he couldn't even properly berate the MacDonald Brothers for being a couple of personality-free namby-pamby nobsacks with any of his usual venom.
But there was a reason why Simon Cowell spent much of Saturday's X Factor staring off into the middle distance like Jack Nicholson at the end of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest – he spent all week in America going through the whole cycle of listening to day after day of mind-numbingly dreadful American Idol contestants again. And that's not all he was doing; according to reports, Simon Cowell was also punting round Leona Lewis to anyone who'd listen, and somehow managed to secure her a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres show. If you don't know what that means, imagine one of the American Idol finalists singing on Loose Women – it's that big.
Here come the X Factor betting odds for Leona Lewis…
Leona Lewis – Without question, Leona Lewis is by far the best singer that has ever taken part in a series of X Factor. When Leona takes to the stage she blossoms into a sexy, confident, in-control female with a voice that sounds like an army of weeping angels. But there's a problem with Leona, and that's the songs that she's given to sing. Since X Factor started, Leona has belted out slow-building mid-tempo ballad after slow-building mid-tempo ballad, and Saturday's performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water seemed to be the last straw. As technically bang-on as it was, it all just seemed a little bit dull for our liking. Leona Lewis badly needs to step out of her comfort zone and try to do something a bit more exciting this week. Luckily for Leona, she has two different ways of achieving this; 1) she could try singing a more exciting song – although a Daniel O'Donnell skiffle medley would be more exciting than the power ballads she's been churning out, or 2) she could try to sound like something other than a listless call-centre worker when Kate Thornton interviews her. We get the feeling that one option's going to be a lot easier than the other. Current X Factor betting odds – 1/2
Tomorrow – The inevitable Strictly Come Dancing betting odds