We had worried that the flash vote might lead to some dull Sundays, if an obvious target hit the bottom on the Saturday. That may yet happen, but today saw one of the most fascinating Sunday debates in the Sofabet comments. All shades of opinion were represented on who would be saved if Kingsland Road found themselves up against Shelley, Abi or Luke, the three considered most likely to join them in the bottom two.
Having rewatched the show this afternoon, my instinct was that Kingsland Road had surely been set up for a bottom two appearance – the Strictly bus and big-name sandwich will hardly have been accidents – but that the positivity of comments and staging suggested this was with a view to bouncing them into the tour.
I continued to believe that producers had no interest in Abi – an impression reinforced by her lack of screentime in the Sunday show’s opening montage and group song – but had more doubts about what their intentions would be towards Shelley, given her role as the show’s only fun act for the year.
The market considered that the boyband would be more likely saved against Shelley than Abi – Shelley’s odds to be eliminated were barely longer than her odds to be bottom two, whereas Abi’s elimination odds were double those to appear in the bottom two. I would, conversely, have been much more confident getting stuck into Abi to go had she been in the bottom two.
The staging of the singoff certainly pointed towards Shelley going – she got red-and-blacked, as Lorna had last week, while Kingsland Road got more positive blue lighting, help from the backing track and a song with a lyrical message of positivity compared to Shelley’s ‘Stop!’
However, with Shelley trading as low as 1.15 on Betfair, I decided that on this occasion discretion would be the better part of valour. With, objectively, a perfectly reasonable case to be made for the show keeping Shelley around – they have never been shy of controversy, or without a novelty act this early in the series, and they did seem to be doing their very best last night to help Shelley bounce – I decided I’d keep my powder dry for 1.15 shots I have fewer doubts about.
It’s hard to avoid the sense that SeSe’s hospitalisation – which she attributed in a tweet today to a panic attack rather than anything pregnancy-related – blew a hole in producers’ plans for last night. Surely the outcome they’d hoped for was being able to save the boyband over Miss Dynamix.
Where they go from here with Miss Dynamix will be fascinating to watch.
If you were more confident in the result than I was tonight, I hope your confidence was in the right direction. And if you’re feeling annoyed at that result, imagine what Joseph Whelan is thinking.
As ever, do keep the conversation going below.