Bang bang, they shot her down – we got our answer, as Curtis said. It was obvious to us after last night’s show that producers had no interest in keeping Sophie Habibis around for long; I wasn’t expecting Misha B to be in the bottom two with her. However, this was another foregone conclusion in the sing-off, and like Boki I lumped on. I ended up with liabilities of over £13,000 for a profit of just over £1,000 at average odds of 1.08.
Misha’s descent into the bottom two is a reminder that this is as much a popularity contest as it is a singing contest. Would it have happened this soon without bullygate? We had already expressed doubts about the record of confident, black female singers on the franchise both in our original 1-16 prediction and after Misha’s excellent first live show performance brought her down to 7-2 and challenging for favouritism. But as Chatterbox commented, it must have had some impact. Can she recover?
Interestingly, the initial reaction in the win market was relatively muted – Misha drifted out to only 6-1. This reflects the fact that she does have plenty of qualities in a weak field. Misha clearly failed to attract public votes this week, but at the top of the market, both Janet and The Risk didn’t convince at all. This is an even more open race than before.
That Misha was beaten in the phone poll by some far more unconvincing performances does not bode well. No one who has been in the bottom two has ever gone on to win the show, as Mark explained. It would be a surprise not to see her price drift out further. But I reckon she’ll get a boost in the short-term at least. The recognition that she didn’t deserve to be in the danger zone on merit alone means that she is probably due a decent sympathy bounce.
Talking of which, after his early bottom two survival, Frankie managed to escape for a second successive week, also to my surprise. By playing up his bad boy persona, producers have managed to find a niche for him in this series: he has become the love-to-hate figure that programme makers may have originally had in mind for Kitty Brucknell. Kitty herself benefited from a sympathy bounce this week, and remains another character the show has done its best to promote.
The same could not be said for poor Sophie, and it was easy to feel sorry for the North London lass, who has been on the end of some harsh criticism and boring song choices over the last few weeks. What did you think – has Sophie been treated unfairly, and what does this mean for Misha B’s fortunes for the rest of the series? Do let us know in the comments section below.