It’s fair to assume that wasn’t in the script. After Steph had departed first, no great surprise after her treatment last night, producers were left with the dilemma of a singoff between two acts they had surely earmarked for another few weeks in the competition. They must have been regretting not doing more for Chloe-Jasmine, which remains a puzzle given it was always possible she would end up either bottom or pitched against another act they wouldn’t want to lose.
Betfair punters were in no doubt that Chloe-Jasmine would be sacrificed for the boyband, as she traded around the 1.1 to 1.2 mark, and so it proved by majority verdict. While I agreed that this was the most likely outcome, in such an unexpected singoff scenario I wasn’t tempted to get involved at those odds.
So where now for the Stereos after this Kicking?
There have been so many references to eight members being too many, perhaps it’s possible that the bottom two appearance could portend a cull and a reboot. Perhaps next week’s VT will feature an Apprentice-style boardroom inquest into who is responsible for the failure of this task, with Louis in the Sir Alan role.
It certainly hasn’t been working so far, and the debate will continue over just what was intended with Cheryl’s remarkably damaging comments about the lack of hysteria. As ever, do share your thoughts and impressions below.