Sunday’s show witnessed the first sing-off of the series. It was an interesting chance to test some theories we noted about the showdown in our review of X Factor 2010. Following the script we laid out in that article, the first act to perform was lesser favoured Nu Vibe, the boyband we explained had almost been strangled at birth in Week 1 and read the last rites in the death slot this week. Second up was the highly favoured Frankie Cocozza, a shock inclusion in the bottom two following his disastrous showing on Saturday.
It was incredibly obvious that producers would rather have Frankie Cocozza enjoying a subsequent sympathy bounce than Nu Vibe, who would only deprive The Risk of potential fanbase. During the sing-off, I wagered over £4,500 at odds of just under 1.2 on the teen group being sent home. Predictably enough, Nu Vibe were given their marching orders, by a 3-1 majority vote. Frankie may well have come last in the public poll.
Many Sofabet commenters were admirably accurate about Frankie’s descent into the danger zone. Mark Adam explained, “Frankies performance was poor which is why I put him at risk”. Allan said, “Frankie was unbelievably bad! Got on him to go halfway through the performance at 42 on BF for tiny stakes. Think he has a big chance of being in the B2”.
Meanwhile, Nicky was spot on, as was Simon who reckoned, “Nu Vibe have been thrown to the wolves so for me its Frankie and New Vibe in bottom 2 and Frankie to survive.” Ronnie also realised, “Better off backing him in other related markets such as bottom two or to be saved by judges.”
All very impressive. Please continue with your feedback on tonight’s result and its implications for next week and the rest of the competition. In the next few days, Sofabet will give a full analysis of Saturday’s rather strange show, which saw many of the entrants handicapped by poor song choices and judges comments. What were producers thinking? We have a few theories.
Plus we will look at how useful social media can be as a barometer of viewer opinion. Frankie had more Twitter followers than anybody. Does his poor showing this week suggest we should ignore who’s trending and not, or are there other ways to put this information to use?