Last week we discussed how we thought it’s generally a good sign to have your name up in lights. This week they put obvious elimination target Abi’s name up in lights. Oh well. At least we enjoyed the amusement value of seeing our elimination preview post title served up in a neon cocktail glass – as Jessica put it in the comments, “reminiscent of the ironic toasts we’ve all made when things go, or are about to go, tits up”:
Nicole is a terrific actress, so when she’s pictured in a reaction shot with an obviously forced smile, our bet is that she hasn’t been told “look like you’re enjoying this”, she’s been told “do an obviously forced smile”:
It’s interesting that Nicole had a big flower in her hair – mirroring Abi’s, and a visual motif that’s been consistently associated with “delicate flower” Abi ever since her audition. Was this decision made because producers noticed that last week Nicole’s hairstyle mirrored Tamera’s and Tamera ended up in the bottom two? We’re puzzled as to what the causal explanation would be here, though – why might act-mentor hairstyle commonality depress votes? Theories welcome below.
As Jessica said of Abi, “It seemed like she was in a different show, separated by time, colour, staging…”. Yup. The next section of the show had more gold than a Dubai souk. Sam B sang in front of gold rotating New York landmarks, on a starry night:
As TimB noted, “her staging had celebratory fireworks going off above the New York landmarks – doesn’t get more positive than that!”
Gold musical notation for Wee Nick McBrylcreem:
And another great point from TimB, picking up on a point about Abi’s glasses made by JScouser: “Abi “the one with the glasses” had far less underdog appeal without them on. Similarly Luke “The one with the hair” had less of an identity this week with this hair tied back.” (At least Luke doesn’t have to worry about Louis turning up with the same hairstyle).
Back to a more golden shade for Hannah’s… um… what is that? Some kind of inner workings of a machine? Because, um, ‘It’s a Man’s World’, and men… know how machines work, and… stuff?
A couple of weeks ago, Danny commented “I can’t make my mind up whether all those graphics (for all acts) are custom made for the individual performance or if they’re from some kind of stock of images/animations”. We’re intrigued, too. This one seemed to have Microsoft Clip Art written all over it, or are we missing a message in Hannah’s staging?
Rough Copy get their name up in lights:
Now, what colour does Tamera get?
A curtain of fire – like Sam Bailey’s post-song tickertape last week, that’s “winner’s staging”:
And yet, Caro says “I found Tamera’s staging a little bewildering. Yes there was lots of gold, but there was also an awful lot of long range shots which made her look very small on the stage. Also the very bright lights totally obscured her at several points during the performance which was odd. This was to a certain extent offset by the screens to the sides showing her face, but considering that she is someone that is failing to connect with people, I don’t think that this was, overall, a positive staging. Contrast that with the treatment of Rough Copy who had their name everywhere, used the whole stage and were in and out of the audience, literally connecting.”
Another big performance with dancing girls for Sam Callahan. His backdrop told us he is the King of Hearts, the “K” made up of a silhouetted female form:
If you’re the kinda gal who’d pay £20 for a Future Mrs Callahan t-shirt, is this the kind of context in which you’d like to picture your prospective husband?
Evidently, enough Callafans were enthused to keep the man and his dancing girls around for another week.
As ever, the discussion in the Sofabet comments underneath our post-mortem on Abi’s departure has been lively and insightful and well worth reading in full. The broad consensus so far seems to be that Hannah will struggle to enjoy a second sympathy bounce, and may find herself in the bottom two again this week against either SamC or Tamera; that logic dictates the time has come for producers to give up on Hannah, if they want to push Tamera as far as possible in the competition; and that they may still want SamC to stick around for another week or two, for the entertainment.
Agree or disagree with this? We’d love to hear from you below, and also your thoughts on how the business end of the series is shaping up. With his treatment on Saturday seeming to indicate that producers are cooling on “busker from Devon” Luke, are we headed inexorably for a final four of SamB, Nick, Rough Copy and Tamera? Or do you expect to see someone else in the mix?
And which of them won’t make it to the final? Is SamB unstoppable or has she peaked too soon? For all his consistency, is Nick failing to achieve escape velocity? How well are Rough Copy connecting with the public? Is there no battering ram big enough to get Tamera to the last three?
As ever, please do keep the debate going below.