So at last we got to see Lorna Simpson’s audition – as part of her valedictory “best bits”. Lorna justified ante-post favouritism to go, and the opinions of the majority of our commenters, by being the first act eliminated from the live shows. Judges voted 2-1 in favour of saving Shelley Smith, who had finished last in Saturday night’s flash vote, instead.
Shelley maintained her day-long position as the bookmakers’ favourite to go when Lorna was revealed as her singoff rival. With two such disposable acts, it wasn’t one I got heavily involved in, though props to Santa Giles, stoney and Luke for suggesting Shelley would win through.
As had been discussed in the comments as today progressed, saving the flash vote loser is a useful way to indicate the new format doesn’t make Sunday a foregone conclusion – and with two acts both presumably considered surplus to requirements, this will have been a painless opportunity to bank at least one save of the Saturday loser.
We at Sofabet believe that producers had done their best for Lorna last night in a bid to get Miss Dynamix in the bottom two. A small but vital clue on second viewing was a shot of Nicole looking up surprised during the early part of Lorna’s rendition of ‘So Emotional’. It set up Nicole’s comment after the song about not remembering who Lorna was before realising she could fill the entire studio with her voice.
Unfortunately, Lorna was out of tune in that early part of the song, which didn’t help get this message across. Having failed to fulfil her role in climbing above Miss Dynamix, she was clearly considered expendable.
It remains to be seen whether, having saved Shelley, they will take her towards the fun, novelty act direction most of us were anticipating for her given the lack of other act occupying that niche.
Do let us know what you think of tonight’s result below.