What an absolute disaster, in every sense.
Last night, betting markets were suspended as the results of the pre-recorded Sunday show were inevitably leaked online. Twitter was particularly busy with people sharing the news of Samuel and Sophie’s exits. I’ve had to endure the last 24 hours with an egg dangling above my face like the sword of Damocles, waiting to drop and confirm that the girl whom I championed without reservation fell at the first live hurdle. Oh deary me, how did I get it so wrong?
I wasn’t entirely alone in my feelings about Sophie. Daniel reckoned she had ‘legs in the competition’ but eurovicious thought her vocal was ‘appaling’ and R thought she was ‘flat’ (although sympathised with her challenge). Maybe I need to get my ears tested because I felt that Sophie was one of the strongest vocalists in the competition with an incredibly impressive range (the vocal in Titanium is well-known for being difficult) and the “ta-ta-titanium” moment was a split second of pop genius. However, the public sided with the majority of our commenters who thought that Sophie was either bad or mediocre and so she went home. By the look on her face, I think she’d side with me on the subject of her vocal ranking within the pack.
After a poor placement and song choice, I wasn’t surprised to see Joelle in the bottom two of Team Will, I had just expected to see her joined by either Tyler or Frances, especially when the latter struggled to hit her notes (apologies in advance to eurovicious – I’m saying that from a purely technical perspective). Anyway, at the risk of getting any more egg on my face, I’m not backing down on my position that Frances and Tyler are still non-starters for the win. After the treatment Joelle received in yesterday’s show, it seems fair to say that Jaz is still a good head and shoulders above the rest of Team Will.
For Team Tom, the exit of Samuel “ran out of hairgel so used” Buttery was hardly a big shock but then nobody other than The Almighty Ruth, pimp-recipient extraordinaire seemed safe for Team Tom. I have to say that I am surprised, more pleasantly than unpleasantly, that Adam made it through. I didn’t imagine there would be that many rockers picking up the phone but then again The Foo Fighters are the kind of band whose appeal branches well into the teen market.
So Ruth and Jaz are the clear favourites from their respective teams. For a while, I’ve been sceptical about hailing our heroes this early in the process but then, as commenter Ronnie pointed out, The Voice won’t run on as long as X Factor and perhaps we are far enough along for producers to rally support for their desired winners. After all, there’s only one more week of The Voice before the teams are once again whittled down by half.
The lack of transparency afforded to us by the Beeb is undeniable frustrating for punters. Without knowing how the format will play out, we can’t very well speculate about its outcomes. Are we safe to assume that after next week, there will be no more pre-recorded shows? Or will we find ourselves facing a ‘suspended’ screen on Betfair each time the acts perform for us? I’m going to have another bash at harassing the BBC press office in the mean time.
As well as the voting results, tonight also gave us a cheesy group performance from teams Danny and Jessie. There isn’t a great deal to be gleaned from this but at least the performers appeared to be live. It might we worth noting that Hannah Berney had been styled a bit younger than previously, Aleks managed to get his notes out at a reasonable volume and Max was still far too stagey. David continued to appear like he will impress, Vince and Becky were allocated generous segments and Cassius looked a bit sad and lonely.
So what do you guys think? Why didn’t the Irish get behind Sophie? Was it really her vocal? Bad song choice? Seemed too safe? Or just not as special a contestant as I had her pegged for?