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Rooney a winner when picking X Factor champs, says wife

London, Oct.15 : England footballer Wayne Rooney is a winner when it comes to picking X Factor champions, his wife Coleen claims. The Manchester United star has predicted the last two winners and this year has tipped stunning Alexandra Burke to walk away with the crown.

With judge Simon Cowell claiming he already knows who will win the show, Wayne, 22, has singled out the bookies' choice to get the public vote.

Having just missed out on appearing in the finals in 2005 Alex, 20, has returned for a second time and is now 3/1 favourite to win.

She sang Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance With Somebody in Saturday's first live show, winning over the judges.

Having watched X Factor for the past two years, Coleen reckons she is terrible at picking a winner - but her new hubby has an eye for talent.

The Sun quoted Coleen, 22, as saying: "We love watching the show and he picked out Leona two years ago from watching her very first audition. Then he tipped Leon to beat Rhydian in the final.

"I wouldn't have a clue who is going to win this year. I like Laura and Diana but Wayne is confident it's Alex."

Story first published: Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 13:05 [IST]
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