Well, well, that was a surprise in the bottom two. Whilst we anticipated Jade in the mix, we were not expecting the supposed alpha boyband Union J to be down there with her. I topped up my previous bets on Jade to go as the price on her elimination drifted out to 1.5, and was mighty relieved to get back on the singoff horse.
The result of the duel was more predictable this time than two weeks ago. Jade was outstanding in the singoff, but she had been treated very badly the night before. Jade’s takedown on Saturday has been excellently and comprehensively covered by Eddy. There are a few things I’ll add.
We take on board the comment from eurovicious about too narrowly comparing 2012 acts with their 2011 equivalents. Nonetheless, having suggested that Jade Ellis could be this year’s equivalent of Sophie Habibis and tipped her to go at 7-1, we couldn’t help but notice that producers had taken Sophie’s Halloween spider’s web backdrop and let Jade’s backing dancers run with it.
As Eddy noted, the dancers were late arrivals, leaving diminutive Jade to jig around alone on the big stage for the first verse and chorus. It reminded me of when the diminutive Marcus Collins was made to karaoke his way alone through ‘Last Christmas’ in the 2011 final. He looked similarly lost.
When the dancers arrived, they proved off-putting in the extreme, eventually trapping Jade. The judges continued to spin her a tangled web. Even when defending her, mentor Tulisa failed to give her any praise until eventually and unconvincingly claiming she did “very well”.
The Sofabet team are sorry to see Jade go. We liked her cheery personality and the tone of her vocal. We enjoyed her week 2 performance in particular. But, as our 1-13 prediction indicated, she always looked a back-up for the bigger names.
Moving on, next week already promises a few points of interest. Lucy Spraggan should return after a week off due to illness. Will she get a Diana Vickers-style sympathy bounce, or will the opinion that excessive partying played its part and she’s being treated too favourably have an impact?
Rylan has promised us a showcase for his vocals. Does this indicate the end of his journey or a continuation of it? And just how far can Chris Maloney go? Let us know your thoughts on tonight’s result and everything else below.