As we’ve hit 100 comments on the duet news article, we thought we’d post a fresh slate to keep the discussion going. Some selected Friday thoughts and reading:
1. Simon Cowell is to appear over satellite link during the final, says the Daily Mail. Could it have an impact on the vote if he tells us that Little Mix are going to be a bigger UK girlband export than the Spice Girls, or that Kelly was crazy to have ditched the amazing Amelia? Unlike last year, where we’d been inured to his over-praise for One Direction by the time of the final, this time around his voice could conceivably sound to the public like a fresh and objective perspective.
2. Perrie’s ex has sold his story:
The sixth-form student told The Sun: “My mates used to wind me up that she would dump me for a pop star.
“I would say no she won’t, Perrie’s not like that — but that’s exactly what she did. X Factor changed her.”
While technically Tulisa claimed only that Little Mix wouldn’t steal your boyfriend, not that they wouldn’t unceremoniously dump their own boyfriends by text message, the Geordie blonde doesn’t come out of this looking great.
3. Meanwhile, the Mirror quotes “pals and insders” saying Kelly is “privately embarrassed” at Amelia doing better than Misha and “doesn’t want her to win”:
During Amelia’s home visit to Middlesbrough on Wednesday, mentor Kelly, 30, only stayed at her family’s house for around 10 minutes…
One said: “Kelly couldn’t hide the fact she didn’t want to be in Middlesbrough
North-east football aficionados may be reminded of Mrs Emerson.
Regular readers will know we’ve long felt that Amelia winning, or even being in the final, would be an embarrassment for the show given the ridiculousness of her five-week bye. This article suggests the strategy for dealing with that: blame Kelly. While usually mentor-mentee tension is bad news for votes, in this case it could conceivably rebound to Amelia’s advantage.
4. If you missed the link in the last comments thread, do check out Sofabet commenter Dug’s blog of his top 20 performances of the series so far.
5. And if you haven’t been reading the brilliant Betsfactor over the last few days, do get caught up – especially on the intriguing evidence that the show has been trying to associate Marcus and “star” in the public subconscious.
Your reactions to today’s developments and latest thoughts on how this is shaping up? Do let us know below.