Strictly Come Dancing 2013 Preview

The first Strictly Come Dancing competitive shows air this Friday and Saturday. No public vote will take place until the following week, however, to give all the couples at least two bites of the cherry.

Since Chris Hollins’ victory in 2009, the title has gone to the opening night first or second favourite. For value-seeking […]

X Factor 2013 Auditions Week 4: Joseph and Sam have a montage to climb

Ambassador, with these spoilers you are really spoiling us. For the last four weeks we’ve had the unusual benefit of a credible-looking list of the 24 acts who make judges’ houses. This has enabled us to fast-forward through some acts, and watch others with an added layer of bathos: “No, Hannah Sheares, don’t ditch your […]

X Factor 2013 Auditions Week 3: Kingsland Crowned The Alpha Group?

We’re back. I’m back. Nicole’s back. Sharon’s back. AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

First up on Sunday’s arena malarkey and fresh from seeing ‘durble durble’ in Saturday’s room auditions was this year’s eccentric foreigner / token cultural stereotype, Souli Roots. It’s hard to resist Souli’s infectious joie de vivre and she combines something of the madness of Wagner with […]

Celebrity Big Brother 2013 Final Preview

[Daniel writes: Sofabet is delighted that our regular commenter Guildo Horn Forever has been kind enough to put together his thoughts on this year’s Celebrity Big Brother climax.

Those who have been following our discussion thread will know that Guildo, along with Natasha (as was: Tish), Andy and others have been debating the merits of […]

X Factor 2013 Auditions Week 2: The Money’s Down on Abi

Producers continued to scrabble for ways to make the arena auditions feel like less of a fifth wheel. Following last week’s build-him-up-to-knock-him-down routine with Bieber-a-like Luke Britnell, this week they went the sow-doubts-so-she-can-wow-us route with Abi Alton – her Sunday pimp slot having been anticipated in the Sofabet comments after Saturday’s show by Gavster, R, […]

X Factor 2013 Audition Show 1: Will Tamera be better than today?

It was the X Factor reboot that wasn’t. Saturday night’s programme, featuring the return of closed-room auditions, seemed to herald the return to a lighter, more positive tone. But the Sunday night arena tryouts felt little different from those of recent years, just more redundant in the circumstances. A pre-bootcamp bootcamp.

It’s as if producers […]