It was hardly a surprise after Joe Whelan’s “shock” exit on Saturday night that Melanie McCabe’s heartrending fourth rejection would also be saved till last. Tim B had signposted that the final three girls were Tamera, Abi and Hannah back on September 21. At least producers spared televising Melanie breaking the news to her hard-up family.
Abi was given a gamma girl edit, her performance interrupted by an interview VT. As at bootcamp, it felt like Hannah stole the show. But Tamera’s looks and commercial potential make her a more conventional Plan A. It remains intriguing to see how both will be treated.
There was a big attempt tonight at starting the process of humanising Tamera. Nicole was a proxy for the audience when she told Tamera that “we haven’t connected yet”. Tamera was “honest” in her response according to Nicole (and by extension, us).
It’s worth bearing in mind that Hannah can perform a vital role in softening and vouching for Tamera. The emerging friendship between these contestants was a feature of bootcamp, where two lingering shots showed Hannah giving Tamera her support as the latter performed. There was no such shot of Tamera supporting Hannah. It felt then like Hannah was the moon to Tamera’s sun.
It seemed pretty straightforward to work out the allotted roles in each of Saturday night’s categories. The pecking order isn’t quite as obvious with the groups. All three acts in the live shows have varying degrees of commercial potential. Kingsland Road have been shown favour throughout the audition process, but it was interesting to see new girlgroup Miss Dynamix get extra sound production to help them through an All Saints number.
Rough Copy aren’t quite so obviously favoured but they got a nice amount of screentime surrounding bringing Kazeem back into the group, and it’s worth bearing in mind that JLS are one of the franchise’s most successful alumni. We have to wait until the live shows to see how these three acts float with the audience, and producers may be thinking the same thing.
All three have problems to overcome. Miss Dynamix are up against Hannah and Tamera, whilst the looks of Sam Callahan and even Luke Friend have more tween appeal than the slightly older Kingsland Road boys. As for Rough Copy, the fact that Kazeem has had two years of visa issues doesn’t bode well for their international potential.
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