So no big shocks this week then. After last night’s show, there were really only two questions: who would be joining Hannah Berney in Danny’s bottom two and which of Toni, Cassius and Ruth-Ann would survive Jessie’s. In the end, it was Max that had to share a moment of gloom with Hannah and Cassius who got off scot-free.
So what went so right for Cassius and wrong for Max? The former was not particularly outstanding and the latter was far from crap. In the end, it’s just a numbers game. The format of The Voice only allows for minimal manoeuvrability within each category. It’s possible that Max polled more votes than Cassius but of course they are not yet in direct competition with each other.
Max has a lot going for him – he can sing, he’s good looking and he plays the guitar. Unfortunately, Aleks Josh seems to hold the lady-killer trump card and David Julien wins the authentic everyman vote. Throw in an early slot for Max and an unprecedented pimp slot for Bo Bruce and suddenly the former’s appearance in the bottom two should have been visible a mile off.
Conversely, Cassius thrived in the face of mediocrity, arguably with help from a late slot and a good arrangement of a popular track. The thing is, other than Vince and Becky, Jessie’s team is generally weak and it was no surprise to see Toni and Ruth-Ann in the danger zone. Equally, it was no shock to see Toni and Max saved by their respective mentors. How frustrating that the pre-recorded results show keeps us from some easy money during the time that Betfair markets are suspended. On that note, this week saw the coaches undergo a costume change between the filming of the two broadcasts. The Voice should know that we won’t be fooled!
So what about the markets? Bo has hardly shot up the ranks as a result of her pimping, as Andrew pointed out. However, it seems clear that the show want to get her into the later stages of the competition, perhaps as a leg-up for a post-show career, musical or otherwise. Can we safely assume that Bo will survive the next cull? Danny’s is a particularly strong, competitive team, especially after the elimination of its weakest link (in terms of vote potential), Hannah Berney and I imagine somehow that The Voice will endeavour to keep at least one out of Aleks and Max beyond the next round in order to appease the screaming teenager demographic. Bearing that in mind, I think Bo could really struggle to make the semi-finals but last night showed that The Voice does care about her.
Ruth, Jaz, Becky and David are still the big four, according to oddschecker.com and it feels very likely that all or most of them will hit the final. The bigger question then is that of who will be joining them in the semis. Can Bo beat out the lookers on Team Danny in order to prosper? Will Cassius prove to have a wider appeal than Vince Kidd? How will Joelle’s talent hold up against Tyler’s quirks and who the hell will join Ruth in Tom’s final two?
Do let us know your thoughts.