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 the moment, damn all the odds”. I suspected that if Andrea had happened to be below Stevi in the public vote, they would somehow have found a way to take it to deadlock.
But while the odds demanded a speculative small stake, it always seemed more likely that Stevi would be bottom – it will be intriguing to see if the voting stats, released after the final, confirm this – and that this would portend the moment of the series where they graciously waved goodbye to the novelty act. Stevi has served them well in this role, and got a fitting sendoff. Meanwhile, after his recent treatment, poor Andrea must have connected with the lyrics he had to sing: “You’d better stop before you tear me all apart”.
There are plenty of questions to mull over now. Do commenters who believe that leaving Only The Young hanging for 20 minutes the last two weeks was intended to motivate their fans (as opposed to plant the subliminal thought that they are one of the three least popular acts, the explanation we favour) still hold to that view regarding Lauren? Or do we believe that the three acts called safe without that agonising wait – Stereo Kicks, Fleur and Ben – represent producers’ favoured final?
There is a long tradition of acts who survive the week 7 singoff bouncing to the final, and in James Arthur’s case to the win. But producers have done a good job of suppressing bounces this season with Steph Nala, Jay James and now Stevi. Do we trust that Andrea will be out before the final?
On the generally-shared assumption in the comments that Fleur and Stereo Kicks are the acts in whom producers are most invested, who do we think is polling best? Which do we believe producers would rather push to the win, if they could?
As always, do please share your wisdom, thoughts and theories in the comments.