If I’d shut myself in a darkened room since Saturday afternoon, a Tamera vs Luke singoff would have seemed entirely unsurprising. Having watched the show, during which Luke drifted from 13/8 out to 10/1 for elimination after some heavy-duty pimping which saw him become second favourite for the win, it counted as quite a shock.
Before the show, I’d been confident that this singoff combination would result in Luke being ditched. The extent of pimping for Luke during the show, combined with the valedictory-sounding nature of the comments to Tamera, undermined that assumption. Still, I was surprised to see the latter trading at prices as high as 3.65 on Betfair during the singoff.
My initial reaction to Luke’s appearance in the bottom two was that it indicated the pimping had been intended merely to get him above Nicholas, rather than to the final – and that, this having failed to happen, producers might be tempted to give up on him and keep around the act who was namechecked last night as having the most commercial potential.
I was glad to see in the comments that I wasn’t alone, with Mark even wondering if Sharon had gone rogue in saving Luke. I’m not sure about that. It could just be that, as many speculated in the comments after last week’s show, they’ve decided Tamera is too risky to push further and were happy enough to have repaired her image in the public mind after the two weeks of botched songs.
Still, I had some winnings from having backed Tamera to be in the bottom two after Saturday’s show – the one take home message from the show that I was fairly confident in – and it was those winnings which I speculatively re-invested on Luke in the elimination market during the singoff. So I ended the week even, which I’m not too unhappy about after a confusing weekend.
What did you make of tonight’s result? Does keeping Luke signify that producers want to keep using him to split Nicholas’s vote? What do we make of the fact that Sam Bailey’s “cruiseship” line was shown twice again tonight, in the opening montage and reprise? Are we expecting a singoff in the semi-final? Do keep the conversation going below.