SIMON COWELL told guests at his 50th birthday party that he has this years X Factor licked. The pop mogul was overheard brag- ging to his pals this weekend that he has by far the strongest category in this years competition. Cowell threw a 1m party at Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire, where the theme was... himself. Against a backdrop of huge images of the X Factor judge and among waiters wearing masks of his face, Simon was overheard telling one guest: Ive got it licked this year. I have the strongest category by far. I could have taken all six to the live final. My lot are in a different league. I honestly believe I have a winner here -- and we all know what happens when I get a winner. Just look at what happened to Leona Lewis. It looks as if the bookies agree with him, pricing his three contestants in the over-25s category as first, second and fourth favourites. Essex boy Olly Murs is tipped to win at 11/2, while music teacher Danyl Johnson is 3/1 and afro-haired Jamie Archer is 7/1. The live shows featuring all 12 finalists start on ITV on Saturday night. The contestants spent their first night at the X Factor house in north London last night, and ventured out into the streets after being named as finalists on last nights show. Simons boys went for a stroll together this morn- ing, while Joseph McElderry, Rikki Loney and Lucie Jones were spotted getting new mobiles from a Carphone CockyCowelltellsguestshisboyswillwinXFactor THE BBC today came under pressure to sack Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke following a racist remark he made to his dance partner. He called actress Laila Rouass a Paki when she showed up to rehearsals with a spray-tan. Du Beke, 43, denied being racist but apologised unreservedly for the slur which he said was made in jest. Rouass, 38, accepted his apology and the couple have moved on. But a religious charity today accused the BBC of double standards after Carol Thatcher was sacked from The One Show for calling a black tennis star a golliwog off-camera. The Pakistan Welfare Association said: If someone at the BBC got the sack for using a racist term and another person seems to go unpunished for saying something similar, then where is the justice? But a BBC spokesman said: Carol never apologised for her comment and Anton has. London Lite Monday, 5 October 2009 Ivegotitlicked! by alistair foster PressuregrowsforBBCtosack StrictlysAntonoverracistjoke london eye: Page eight Fame calling: Joe, Lucie and Rikki bought mobiles Warehouse. All the X Factor judges -- Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole -- were at Cowells party, where guests drank 500 bottles of C r i s t a l c h a m p a g n e . Simon was spelt out with pasta in the soup starter, while entertainment came from Westlife, Leona Lewis, American Idol judge Randy Jackson, and a hologram of Frank Sinatra, as revealed by Lite on Friday. Reports suggested former B ay wa t c h s t a r D av i d Hasselhoff was helped out of a back entrance after having a little too much fun. Inbrief Jay-Z hip-hop date at palace JAY-Z will play the only major venue in the capital where he has not performed, with a special show at Alexandra Palace. The American hip-hop artist will take to the stage on 4 November, in a sign of his apparent love affair with London. The 9,000 standing-only tickets are expected to sell out within minutes when they go on sale at on Friday. Too high a Price for Jordan book KATIE PRICEs latest memoir faces a boycott by bookshops over claims she is milking her fans. The glamour models fourth book in five years is set to dish the dirt on her split from husband Peter Andre. But book chains could ban it at Christmas -- when Andre releases his autobiography -- over concerns that it will drive away customers fed up with her books. Homer health ad is lots of doh HOMER sIMPsON is the unlikely new face of the Governments anti-obesity drive. The Department of Health is spending 640,000 in sponsoring the cartoon, which will show portly Homer -- famous for his love of doughnuts and Duff beer -- join wife Marge and son Bart in eating fruit and vegetables before each episode. Ford drivers the biggest slobs FORD drivers are the biggest slobs on the road, according to a poll. Keep Britain Tidy found those behind the wheels of Transits, Mondeos and other Fords were most likely to throw litter. It says that from 6,000 reports of road littering it received in a month, 1,000 were from a Ford. 4.99 England game on web ENGLANDs football World Cup qualifying game against Ukraine this weekend will be broadcast exclusively live over the internet for the first time. Media group Perform will charge 4.99 to see saturdays away clash against Ukraine following the collapse of pay-TV platform setanta earlier this year. England have already qualified for the 2010 tournament. Apology accepted: Du Beke and Laila In a league of their own: Simon thinks hes got a winner H In tune: Olly, Danyl and Jamie at the X Factor house today index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html