She might have only just confirmed her departure from The X Factor but bookies have already slashed the odds on Cheryl becoming a coach on The Voice when it switches to ITV next year.

After the rumour mill had gone into overdrive about her X Factor future, the Geordie star released a statement on Tuesday morning, announcing that she was indeed leaving the ITV show to concentrate on her music.

But that has done little to put pay to talk that she is being lined up to join The Voice after the programme ends its run on the BBC this weekend.

Ladbrokes have shortened her odds from 5/1 to 8/11 on the basis that Cheryl’s friend Will.I.Am is currently a coach on the show and the two would have great chemistry on screen.

Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Donohoe told the Daily Star: “Cheryl says she wants to concentrate on the music but plenty of punters expect her to jump ship to The Voice instead.”

While a TV insider told the paper that she and old pal will.i.am would make the perfect judging duo.

“Cheryl and Will would be a dream team for producers. Their natural chemistry as friends would be amazing for the show.”

However, while he’s been on it from the start, Will.I.Am staying on The Voice when it switches channels looks to be far from a done deal.

In an interview earlier this year he said: “The only reason why I come back to do The Voice – it’s not because it’s a big pay day – it’s because it’s the BBC! So I don’t know (what I’ll do).”