A couple of years ago we attempted to reverse-engineer how many people vote in the X Factor and came up with a guesstimate of half a million for the early weeks, based partly on Dermot trumpeting over a million votes in that year’s semi-final. So with Dermot mentioning in Sunday’s show that over two million votes had been cast this week, it seems fair to assume that the advent of free app voting has had quite an effect.
The question is, is there any significant difference in people’s voting habits when they don’t have to pay? In our own first ever experience of voting, Andrew and I were surprised – as Cath noted in the comments – that the first thing we saw was a big invitation to vote for Andrea, requiring swiping to get to the other acts. In political elections there is a small but significant advantage to being listed first on the ballot paper and you would think the same might apply. It will be interesting to see if producers are happy for Andrea to retain this (presumably alphabetical) advantage as the series advances, or if they choose to switch it around a bit. It might be a small way to help an act they don’t want to lose but who’s struggling in the votes.
Not that they needed any such help tonight. In an impressive display of sharp shooting, the three acts obviously targeted in Saturday’s show were the three who ended up propping up the votes. Producers must have wished they could change the rules and have a triple elimination.
After Blonde Electra were first to leave, I had no strong opinions on which of Overload Generation or Steph would be saved. Both had been treated so badly yesterday, this wasn’t a singoff I was desperate to get involved in financially. In that sense it was a perfect week for Betfair to fail to get a market up. Hopefully whatever the problem was will be solved by the time we have a singoff featuring only one act who’s an obvious target.
In the end, producers presumably felt that the beta boyband had already served their purpose of making Stereo Kicks seem better by comparison, and/or that Stephanie would be easier to shift in the future. Will she get a sympathy bounce next week, and if so who do you see drifting down into the firing line? Do keep the conversation going below.