Eurovision 2012 Semi-Final Allocation Draw

This afternoon the 37 semi-finalists who have registered to participate in Eurovision 2012 were placed into one of two qualifying heats. You can see the details here. Each country has also been placed into the first half or the second half of each semi, though the full running order will only be finalised at a […]

Eurovision 2011: How did our pre-rehearsal analysis fare?

Tomorrow, this year’s Eurovision semi-finalists will be allocated to one of the two qualifying heats. We’ll offer an initial reaction on Sofabet, representing the start of our 2012 coverage. In the meantime, we take this opportunity to look back on the 2011 contest.

Before rehearsals began in Dusseldorf, we gave preliminary thoughts on some of […]

X Factor 2011 Review Part 6 – What Changes to Make for X Factor 2012?

This is the final article in our review of the 2011 series. You can see our favourite ten posts of the 2011 series here.

Simon Cowell was in the papers on Friday admitting he had been “too cocky” in 2011, and “got a big wake-up call” from setbacks such as the drop in X Factor’s […]

X Factor 2011 Review Part 5 – An interview with YouGov’s Joe Twyman on X Factor polling

This is the fifth article in our review of the 2011 series. You can see our favourite ten posts of the 2011 series here.

We punters, of course, don’t get to see how the X Factor votes are stacking up until the show releases them after the final. We have to look for clues, and […]

X Factor 2011 Review Part 4 – The Running Order and Sympathy Bounce

This is the fourth article in our review of the 2011 series. You can see our favourite ten posts of the 2011 series here.

There are a couple of basic concepts of X Factor betting that we refer to often on Sofabet – the running order and the sympathy bounce. Let’s see how well they […]

X Factor 2011 Review Part 3 – Casting Cockups: Could Johnny Robinson Have Got to the Final?

This is the third article in our review of the 2011 series. You can see our favourite ten posts of the 2011 series here.

What makes the X Factor such fun to analyse is that it is cast as carefully as any soap opera, but the script has to be adapted on the hoof to […]

X Factor 2011 Review Part 2 – A Deep Dive Into Weeks 3 and 8

This is the second article in our review of the 2011 series. You can see our favourite ten posts of the 2011 series here.

There were two weeks during X Factor 2011 when we were surprised by Little Mix’s treatment in the running order – weeks 3 and 8. With the voting stats to hand, […]

X Factor 2011 Review Part 1 – How Little Mix Won: Extreme Nobbling

This is the first article in our review of the 2011 series. You can see our favourite ten posts of the 2011 series here.

Oh, the irony. In 2010, producers selected the ingredients of One Direction with the discerning care of a Michelin-starred restauranteur, and pushed them with the relentless unsubtlety of an award-winning timeshare […]