It’s been a while since we had a big-money Sunday afternoon plunge that suggested someone thought they knew something, but we had one this afternoon with Stevi Ritchie backed in to odds on as previous odds-on favourite Jay drifted out.
The extent of the plunge made me wonder if it might reflect information not only about the public vote but about the way the judges would go. Still, given the effort producers went to yesterday to dampen Jay’s expected bounce, and their love of a controversial singoff result, I couldn’t resist laying Stevi, especially when he was trading as low as 1.17 on Betfair. Some lucky punters got even better odds.
Never underestimate this show’s producers is one of the mantras of this site, and that proved the case even after Simon saved Jay rather than abstaining. Mel and Cheryl showed their willingness to do the dirty work, and I ended the evening with a satisfactory profit. Props to everyone in the Sofabet comments who also called it correctly when the final two were announced.
A good night’s work for producers, then – they hit their target, and they should get plenty of headlines from saving Stevi. Who will be in the crosshairs next week? As ever, do keep the conversation going in the comments.