X Factor 2014 Bootcamp: Hello Boys

Here at Sofabet, we look for clues of producers’ intentions at every stage of the competition. The pantomime nature of this year’s bootcamp made things a little more difficult: much of the time we were watching audience over-reactions or Cheryl hiding her head behind her hands.

The contrivances had lost all sense of logic by […]

X Factor 2014 Auditions Week 4: A Blur of Fleur

Betfair doesn’t open an X Factor outright market until after judges’ houses. That’s a great shame; in its absence, bookmakers are able to offer an astoundingly stingy range of prices, with nine acts at 13.0 or under. According to spoilers, some of those don’t even make judges’ houses.

Take Kerrianne Covell: backed down to a […]

X Factor 2014 Auditions Week 3: A Novelty Embarrassment of Ritchie’s?

Given there’s only four arena audition shows, I was hoping to see more this weekend of the 24 apparently going to judges’ houses. On Saturday, we got Paul Akister, Lauren Platt and Jake Graham – one-eighth of the rumoured boyband put together at bootcamp. Sunday gave us Andrea Faustini, Stevi Ritchie and Jay James.

The […]

X Factor 2014 Auditions Week 2: Her name is Lola, is she our Alpha Girl?

That’s it for the room auditions. Correct me if I’m wrong, but of the rumoured acts who make judges’ houses, I think we’ve seen four of the boys (no sign of Danny Dearden or Jordan Morris), five of the girls (Steph from BGT’s The Luminites is still to be introduced), five of the overs (missing […]

X Factor 2014 Auditions Week 1: Pieces of Eight

Simon Cowell smashing a guitar to pieces was the most significant moment of the weekend audition shows. It was his way of burying the Barlow era – I wonder if James Arthur got the message. The extended paean to Cheryl Cole on Saturday night and repeated references to 2010 alumni One Direction reinforced this attempted […]