Rylan’s psychic must be feeling pretty embarrassed tonight. As Kieran wrote in the comments, “my head just exploded”.
Ella and James had both been trading around the 3/1 mark to hit the bottom two. But they were both huge prices to be eliminated, each of them trading at three-figure odds on Betfair at some point. This reflected near-certainty among punters if one of them hit the singoff, one of Chris, Rylan or Union J would be in there with them.
It was surely the most shocking singoff in the history of the show.
Betfair edged gradually towards Ella leaving, as punters recovered from their stupefaction and figured out that Gary’s comments about wanting James to win meant that he would save him, meaning Ella’s only hope would be survival on deadlock. Following the same logic, I had a little bit on as her price contracted from 1.9 to 1.6.
Debate had broken out in the Sofabet comments today about why producers had seemed to be subtly dampening Ella’s appeal. That question has suddenly become a whole lot more interesting, and you get the sense that there will be some difficult post-mortems in the production team this week.
The win market has been radically shaken up, with only Christopher and Jahmene now having avoided at least one bottom two appearance (no act has won having previously been in the bottom two, although as Little Mix showed last year there’s a first time for everything). It’s worth remembering that Olly Murs and JLS bounced from a week 7 save to second place, and James could well enjoy a similar fate.
The “first to lose all acts” market has been settled, too. Congratulations if you were on Tulisa.
Christopher’s survival, and Ella’s departure, pretty much conclusively validates the Daily Star leak which had Maloney topping the votes up to week 5. So now producers find themselves with both Christopher and Rylan in the final five. Where do they go from here? We can surely expect a singoff among the final five, for starters.
There will be plenty more to say as events sink in, but for now let’s quote tpfkar from the last thread: “All hail Sun God Maloney the powerful. Think anything bad about him and his laser eyes will find you out…”
We can’t wait to see what they do to him next week. As always, please let us know your thoughts below.