A further week with just a single act departing, which indicates another apparent attempt to save headline-grabbers Wagner and Katie, who as in week 3, got the last two slots in the show.
Seventh of eight in the running order indicate producers want the vote Wagner bandwagon rolling for another week. There were plenty of other clues. He got a big production and more airtime than anybody else. Bringing up his comments in the press about Cheryl’s background, and giving him the opportunity to explain himself was a further ploy.
Yet he is now favourite to be next eliminated, and I have laid the 6-4 on offer – which means I am betting that he won’t be going next. Admittedly, he is hard to save in any sing-off, so I would rather he avoid being in the bottom two, but I do think producers did their best to ensure that.
So who’s in trouble?
In the pimp slot, the judges ridiculously overpraised Katie’s rendition of ‘Help!’ which was a little shouty in the second half. Was this in anticipation of saving her in yet another sing-off? That’s what it felt like to me.
Who would join her in a showdown? My money is on Paije, who was stronger than last week, and received better remarks, but may well be damned by the faint praise and sense that he got a fair crack of the whip at sixth of eight in the running order.
As a result, there seems less need for last week’s sympathy votes – unless of course there’s another credible vote leak, and we must be wary of this. We will keep you updated before the Results Show in the comments section to this article if we hear from the source involved. However, I have taken 5-1 on Betfair he will be next eliminated.
I could envisage Simon taking a Paije/Wagner sing-off to deadlock on the basis that he, as already stated, thinks Paije has no chance of winning, and is happy to let the public decide. Wagner has a decent chance of succeeding in that situation. Ultimately, Simon does not want Paije surviving into the third last week with a sympathy bounce to help him.
Of the others, Mary had her best performance for some time – since Week 1 in my view – and she was very happy belting out ‘Something’ in the style of Shirley Bassey, who also covered the song. I felt that this choice and positive comments were a way of keeping her safe for another week.
They played it straight with Cher, and for the most part it didn’t work. Her odds in the elimination market were cut sharply as a result. It was a strange strategy, seemingly doing their best to alienate her fanbase. Perhaps they think that if she falls into the danger zone, they will rescue her in any sing-off, allowing her a bounce next week.
Rebecca failed to raise her game in my opinion, but the same logic applies to her – she would definitely get a sympathy bounce to take her beyond next week. Matt and One Direction look safe whichever way you look at it.
What did you think of last night’s performances, and who is most likely to go in your opinion? Let us know in the comments box below.