Strictly Come Dancing Final: Leave your dough on Baker

Back at the start of October I tipped Matt Baker at odds of just over 5/2 for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing contest. I reiterated that advice at the beginning of November at a price just under 7/4.

As hoped, the bet has taken us all the way to the final, where Matt is now […]

X Factor 2010 Voting Statistics Week-by-Week

Shortly after Matt’s win, the X Factor website published a pdf with the week-by-week breakdown of the voting percentages. Here they are.

What useful things can we learn from these statistics to help us from a punting or predictive perspective when next year’s series comes around? That’s a question that deserves some reflection and study, […]

X Factor Final Post Mortem

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall in the production suite through Sunday’s final. It was only with the ridiculously over-the-top praise from the judges for Matt’s winner’s single that it became clear what the result was. His best performance of the series? Er, no. Not by a long way.

That level of […]

X Factor Final Sunday Update

What to make of that first two-hour instalment of the final weekend? All the performances were underwhelming. I was waiting all evening for the final of the nation’s biggest talent contest to start.

Punters concurred. The odds didn’t change a great deal during the Saturday show, reflecting the fact there was no killer moment in […]

X Factor: Final Four Profiles

Having written an update of tonight’s show, here we present a more light-hearted look at the final four contestants. A few weeks ago we covered in the same style the controversial figures of this winter’s TV contests: Wagner, Ann Widdecombe and Katie Waissel.

Pity Cher, Rebecca, Matt and the “One Dimension” boys. Over the last […]

X Factor Final Update: One Direction Thrown Off Course?

A couple of days is a long time in X Factor. In articles earlier this week, Andrew explained why he was still backing One Direction and I justified why I’d switched allegiance to Matt Cardle.

I still hold to that view, but both of us worked on the assumption that producers would be doing […]

X Factor: It’s not a fix

Tabloids and fan forums raged at the late notification of a sing-off last weekend, in which the judges saved 17-year-old Cher over 50-year-old Mary. Never has the “X” in “fix” been of such use to headline writers. The thing is, it’s not a fix, and those protesting are missing the point.

One can understand the […]

X Factor: Why I’m switching to Matt Cardle

Andrew laid out yesterday why he thinks that our original prediction, One Direction, can still be crowned the winners of X Factor 2010. We think producers have wanted them to win from the beginning, but the plan is going to fail, in my opinion. Instead, I’m backing Matt Cardle for victory.

I should start by […]