Eliminatus! And with a wave of the magic wand, producers despatched Paul Akister. That’s the third week in a row they’ve targeted one of Mel’s boys – Jake two weeks ago, Jack last week – and cleanly hit their target.
It’s easy to sympathise with Paul, who would have gone a fair bit further if this were a singing competition. But at least he had three weeks of kind treatment before producers turned their fire on him, which is three weeks more than Jake got. As we keep saying, anyone going into the show should realise by now what a Faustian bargain it is – you gain national television exposure, for the price of giving up control over how you’re portrayed and thus – to a large extent – how well you poll. You might be lucky and get to complete a heartwarming journey of personal growth. Or you might be called a dementor.
For the second week in a row it was a singoff I felt comfortable getting involved in, especially being able to get some reasonable prices on Paul on Betfair – he opened as high as 1.45.
Next week it’s Big Band week, and we know what that means – ‘That’s Life’. This number has now been sung on three big band weeks, and on each occasion the act lumbered with it (Scott Bruton, Miss Frank and last year Abi Alton) has departed. It’s a song about phlegmatically accepting cruel fate, which concludes with the line “I’m gonna roll myself up in a big ball and die, my, my”.
Who will be given it? And who will be filmed having their makeup done next to Ben Haenow? As ever, do let us know below.