In the end, the best money-making opportunity once again came by waiting for the singoff itself. After a Saturday show that was puzzling in many ways as to producers’ intentions, once Sami and Kitty had been announced as the two in the singoff, there was never any doubt about who programme-makers would have wanted to keep around.
As with last week on Nu Vibe, I got a four-figure sum matched on Betfair for a return of just under 20%. As we pointed out in our preview article on Saturday, Sami Brookes was the one act we were fairly confident producers had no interest in keeping: initially rejected in favour of Goldie Cheung at judges’ houses, she was given the worst running order slot bar Nu Vibe in the week of the first public vote.
As we wrote after Saturday’s slightly puzzling show, it was a case of swings and roundabouts for Sami’s chances of escaping the bottom two. She wasn’t sent out in the death slot, but was given a poor slot of 3rd; the argument cooked up between Gary and Louis seemed designed to give her a lifeline for this week, but Sami had not done herself any favours by missing her cue at the start of her performance. It probably also didn’t help that she then pleaded rather too desperately for votes in her post-match interview with Dermot.
We didn’t expect Sami to be saved against anyone, though, and especially when it came down to a matchup against Kitty – who producers had given the pimp slot to in the week of the first public vote – there was never a moment’s uncertainty about who was heading home.
As often happens, much wisdom was to be found below the line in the Sofabet comments section. In particular, shoutouts must go to fiveleaves for writing:
The Star are reporting that Kitty was only 0.5% away from the B2 last week.
That was from the pimp slot.
With an earlier slot and Johnny surely taking some of her ‘entertainment’ votes, with an excellent performance, I think she’s far from safe.
ofc it depends whether you believe the Star on these things.
Given their record I tend to.
And to Tim, who wrote:
I’m not sure Frankie is in much trouble as people think. They gave him his OWN segment of the show and in the second half, suggesting they’d like him around for longer. Maybe this is my wallet talking though as I am on Smai to go…
Against the expectations of most of us, there were enough people out there who found some reason to vote for Frankie. While the show went out of its way to present him in the most objectionable light possible, suggesting they were milking him for all they could while they could rather than going all-out to save him, we have no doubt that they will be delighted to have him around for at least one more week of tabloid fun.
A final note on tonight’s result is to be delighted that Marcus – who is carrying the hopes of many of us in these parts – survived being thrown under the Strictly bus. Will producers be persuaded now to show him some love with a pimp slot any time soon?
Do come back tomorrow when we’ll be reflecting at more length on the Misha situation from Saturday night, and in general about what has gone wrong with the current series, following another weekend of tiresomely staged controversies and lower ratings. There was a definite sense of contrition in some of Tulisa’s comments during the results show, especially when she said that Misha stood out in terms of performance.
In the meantime, let us know your reaction to tonight’s result below.