Poor Tamera doesn’t look to be having a happy time of things backstage, does she? Having looked nervous enough throughout her song on Saturday, she looked on the verge of tears while waiting for Dermot to announce the names.
Once she’d been announced safe, it was a battle of the Croydon acts, and a singoff where the outcome never seemed in doubt. On her third time in the bottom two, Hannah was never going to be given another reprieve against an act producers have consistently seemed keen to get to the final three or four, and position for a post-show career.
Betfair had Hannah trading around the 1.08 to 1.1 mark, and those were odds I was happy to take. I ended the evening with a four-figure profit, more than recouping last week’s losses. And while sorry of course to see our pre-lives tip for the win not work out, I was glad to see Hannah leaving with dignity and her head held high.
We’d speculated in our review of Saturday’s show that producers giving Rough Copy an “urban flavour” this week, as Gary put it, indicated they might be relaxed about the prospect of a bottom two appearance. Olly Murs and JLS bounced from a singoff save in week 7 to second place, and James Arthur to the win.
The “car crash” that is Tamera continues for another week, at least. Were people voting for her out of sympathy, or a cruel desire to see her forced to learn two sets of lyrics next week?
On hearing the boos that greeted Tamera’s name being called, Izzy wondered in the comments: “I wonder if they’ll change her into the villain.” The judges making barbed comments about the singoff being a travesty, because both these acts remembered their lyrics, suggested so.
We felt it was rather ungallant to pile on like that – Tamera is only 16, and clearly quite a mixed-up kid given her history of drugs and shoplifting. In hindsight, perhaps it was unwise for producers to have nuked Sam Callahan right at the start of her intended big week, given how grounded he seemed and how close the pair were reported to have been.
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