“That’s life (That’s life) / That’s what all the people say / You’re riding high in April, shot down in May”. Make that September and November. Abi Alton got a big introduction in the second audition show, but ever since producers edited her week 1 live show VT to end on the phrase “bum notes”, her time on the stage has been limited.
It was a classic, clean kill. The song choice was the writing on the wall, Abi’s treatment on Saturday’s show left little doubt that she was the target, and she was duly despatched when she landed in the singoff. She traded between 1.1 and 1.25 on Betfair during the singoff.
The conversation in the Sofabet comments all week had revolved around Hannah and Abi, and plenty of commenters were on the bottom two combo bet. I won a decent amount on Abi’s departure, and I hope you also ended the evening happier than the poor Guisborough lass.
Or, indeed, Hannah. Unfortunately, she clearly isn’t connecting with the public, and there has to be a serious doubt about her ability to enjoy a second sympathy bounce – the phenomenon is traditionally much less potent second time around.
Despite producers doing everything to help Hannah yet again on Saturday, there also has to be a question mark around whether they will now decide her continued presence in the competition is detrimental to their chance of getting Tamera to the final.
The other big talking point of the night was Sam Callahan’s survival. There was debate in the Sofabet comments about whether Gary’s refusal to provide a critique on Saturday was part of the producers’ script or indicated that he has gone rogue.
We still find the latter the more plausible explanation. To us, everything on Saturday pointed to Gary being primed to deliver another “you’re the weakest vocalist, I’ll be outraged if you’re here next week” broadside.
On the Sunday results show, Dermot asked Gary why he hadn’t offered a critique, to which he replied: “I felt I’d said it all last week”. We interpreted that as “I compromised my principles to whip up artificial controvery last week, and drew the line at doing it again”.
How did you read Gary’s performance this weekend, and what are your thoughts on the shape of the competition going forward? Please keep the conversation going below.