It’s so easy to be cynical about how acts are portrayed to us – to think of everything as artifice, to forget that behind the carefully constructed image is a fallible human being. Producers chose to present Lola as a collage of nerves, grandparents and fishmongery, but the nerves – alas – were all too genuine. Every indication was that week 3’s ‘When You Believe’ was Lola’s moment to pay off the journey that had been laid out for her since the audition stages, and stake her claim to be alpha girl. But nerves overcame her and after that it was always going to be an uphill struggle.
It was the first singoff of the series where I felt confident betting large amounts. I was able to get a five-figure sum on at odds of around 1.2, taking advantage of some profit-taking among punters who had backed Lola throughout the day. However, I had also been scrambling since week 3 to close down an early position on Lola in the outright market, so it certainly wasn’t an exceptionally good night for me.
So now we see what producers have in the file marked Stereo Kicks: Plan C. How about a mentor swap, with Louis taking Stevi? Short of a member cull, that’s about the only halfway-plausible reboot scenario we can imagine. And the natural order of the universe would be restored if Louis got the comedy over.
And what do producers have in mind for Paul Akister for the coming week? The look on Simon’s face when Paul called his criticism unfair is worth rewatching: annoyance, then the flicker of a sly smile. If we were Paul, we’d be worried.
Still, Only The Young are due to come down from their bounce, and we saw with Stereo Kicks that bounces more often than not last only one week. And can we really get past the halfway point without a single over getting into the singoff?
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