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. I was somewhat cautious that we might have a repeat of the semi-final singoff scenario from last year, when one possible explanation for Rough Copy’s surprising exit was that producers felt it would have been embarrassing to save them given they were last by such a long distance. It will be interesting to see whether this is also the case when the results are published after the final.
Congratulations to those in the comments who called it correctly – and, indeed, to those who expected Lauren to go but bottled out of getting financially involved.
Three questions now present themselves.
1. Dermot noted that one act missed the singoff by only 800 votes, after the result changed four times during the show. So who was third from bottom?
2. The day saw two notable market shifts. Lauren drifted for elimination – I was surprised to be matched as high as 1.79 on Betfair before the show – and Ben overtook Fleur in outright favouritism. I’m usually very wary of crediting Sunday market moves to insider information, as they are so often awry – remember the plunge on Stevi to go a couple of weeks ago. But it is interesting to wonder, given what Dermot said, whether it’s conceivable that the first move represented someone with some information about how close the vote for second-bottom was – and, if that’s the case, does it imply anything about the plunge in the outright on Ben?
3. Producers worked with the grain of Andrea’s sympathy bounce this week. Do you think they’ll continue to treat him kindly next week and try to neutralise Lauren’s expected bounce, or work with the grain of Lauren’s bounce and Andrea’s comedown?
As ever, do keep the conversation going below.