X Factor 2014 Week 8 Post Mortem: Elimin8d

That was a Stereo Kick in the teeth. I took a significant four-figure loss tonight, but it could have been much worse – while all the signals of the last three weeks pointed to producers having more interest in the Kicks than in Lauren, I didn’t go in as big as I might have done. […]

X Factor 2014 Week 8: Lauren beyond recall?

We started tonight with Ben Haenow and ‘Come Together’. His VT took him back home where the streets seemed rather empty at times, especially at the local bus stop with one friend talking to an anonymous car driver, although we did get to honk the Nan klaxon too. Ben received plenty of fire in his […]

X Factor 2014 Week 8 Elimination: Platt Out?

I find myself in agreement with the consensus among our commenters that producers’ preferred finalists are Fleur, Ben and Stereo Kicks, leaving Lauren and Andrea in their sights this week and next. The main questions are: how well do they suppress any Andrea bounce; how close is Lauren to the danger zone; and will we […]

X Factor 2014 Week 8: Song Choice Discussion Thread

The full list of songs for this weekend is here.

Songs voted by the public –

Andrea – Hero by Enrique Iglesias Mariah Carey Ben – Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran Fleur – If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys Lauren – Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia Stereo Kicks – […]

X Factor 2014: Family Favourites

We didn’t address Lauren in our regular midweek review post, largely because we had very little to add to a fantastic analysis of the family dynamics on display in last week’s show by Heisenberg in the comments. In case you missed it:


X Factor 2014: The hoo-ha over Haenow

Time for another midweek pivot off your comments, and we start with X Factor’s very own White Van Man.

1. What’s going on with Ben, then?

AlisonR: “It was a poor performance and the judges were rightly critical. But I don’t see his VT as positive either. He has 2 mates, in his van/in an […]

X Factor 2014 Week 7 Post Mortem: Ritchie Ditched

Like a few regulars in the Sofabet comments, I couldn’t resist some long-odds dabbling on Andrea in the next elimination market before tonight’s show. And when I saw Stevi trading at 1.03 in the singoff, I couldn’t resist laying him a little, in the spirit of the lyrics Stevi sang in his swansong: “This is […]

X Factor 2014 Week 7: Drowned Young

The running order at the start of the show revealing Stereo Kicks were in the pimp slot had confirmed Only The Young’s status as beta group. There was plenty of positivity in the rest of their treatment – a reasonable VT featuring an extended plug for Hamley’s, staging with their name up in golden lights, […]