“TWO ACTS WILL LEAVE”, boomed the hastily-reinstated Peter Dickson at the start of Sunday’s results show, sending the elimination markets into a tailspin. Given that no announcement had been made at the end of Saturday’s show, it was only natural to presume that producers were keeping an eye on the votes and felt confident by 8pm that a disposable act would finish bottom and at least one disposable act would finish in the two above.
Bupsi immediately went odds-on in the Betfair first elimination market, as punters rightly concluded that she was the most likely of last night’s three seeming targets to be propping up the field. Annoyingly for punters, although some may have retrospectively felt relieved, the double elimination caught Betfair napping and no market was put up for the singoff between Alien Uncovered and Kiera Weathers. A handful of bookies priced up, with Kiera at odds ranging from 1.14 to 1.2.
It was a shambolic singoff. Ignoring the usual etiquette that Dermot was a stickler for, Rita said she was saving Kiera (whom she mentors) rather than sending home Alien – which Olly and Caroline let ride. Then Simon decided to send home “Alien Nation”, whoever they are.
The rationale may partly be that Alien Uncovered did badly enough in the public vote that producers decided launching them commercially was a lost cause; and partly that with ratings for the Saturday show hitting an embarrassing low and ever more attention focused on the show’s manipulations, Simon decided he didn’t need the headlines that would have followed an elimination of the clearly superior singer. It looked like an attempt to restore a modicum of viewers’ faith in the process – although commenter Rose floated an interesting theory that Grimmy might have forced Simon’s hand by going off-script in saving Kiera.
As for who might have won the first week phone vote, of course we’ll have to wait till the end of the series to find that out. But this article in The Sun suggests to us that Anton might have done rather better relative to Louisa than producers had been hoping.
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