With two audition shows this weekend, it felt like Saturday’s programme stretched itself rather thinly in terms of what may be of interest in this year’s win market.
We did see the return of Melanie McCabe, one of Kelly’s rejects at judges’ houses last year. Unlike fellow 2011 rejects Joe Cox or Jade Richards, Melanie was at least given a decent amount of screentime on the main show. Far more than she got at the same stage last year, in fact, when she attracted a good deal of debate here on Sofabet after being persuasively but erroneously rumoured to have made the lives at the expense of Sophie Habibis.
This time around, I was left rather underwhelmed by her warbled rendition of ‘Like A Bridge Over Troubled Water.’ I fear she proved herself not interesting enough, either as a singer or character.
On this basis she may be in line for the John Wilding “agonising second rejection at judges’ houses” that we speculated may be in store for someone in our audition shows preview.
Bookmakers seem to agree. 33-1 is the best price on offer, larger even than you will find on ITV2-sidelined Jade Richards.
Last on was nervous Christopher Maloney. He ticked a few backstory boxes. He’s got a dead grandad! And a live nan! Perhaps they can turn this into a fully fledged category this year in which he can join Ella Henderson and Jade Richards.
You would have thought the obvious nerves must be a drawback for any future hopes in the competition. Primarily, producers may not want to take the chance on a live show meltdown.
I felt there was nothing special in his performance beyond getting over the jitters. However, he did get the pimp slot and the Olly Murs Interview on Xtra Factor. Revealingly, though, whilst Ella Henderson was filmed in a recording studio, Maloney was put on a stage singing musical theatre.
There’s quite a bit of credible competition in the Overs category already in Melanie Masson and Kye Sones. The 34-year old from Liverpool will therefore do well to make the lives and if he does, I could envisage a Jonjo Kerr-style result. I’m not tempted by a top price of 16-1.
Bigger at 50-1 is ‘Tulisha’s toy-boy’ Jason with a performance that suggested his main purpose was to provide some interest for the audition show and little more.
Like last week, some rather more promising talent was given less screentime and no backstory. Step forward Tasha Pyne and Megan O’Neill. Whether this portends boot camp dismissal, girl group manufacturing or a shock individual slot in the lives over someone featured more prominently, is open to question. Either way, it’s not worth chancing.
Boy group Times Red offered a reasonable package in a category that had hitherto failed to feature at all this year. They had the looks, offered something a little bit different (a guitar! Beatboxing!) and were vocally competent.
50-1 about them with Ladbrokes seems to me like much the best value price offered about any of tonight’s acts. However, a watching brief is advised given the shenanigans that traditionally occur at bootcamp and beyond in this category (recall how last year The Keys were cannibalised of their lead singer).
Having waited for a credible group all series, we got two in a short space of time tonight. However, Irish boy group On The Edge were featured only on Xtra Factor, which suggests they’re on the edge of oblivion as far as this series is concerned.
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