Sunday had seen a sustained market move for Monica Michael, which saw her overtake Kiera as favourite to go next. There’s always a question mark over whether such moves represent inside information; if so, the information was duff. Olly said early in the show that there was less than one percent between the bottom three; there was no mention of the distance between the third and fourth-bottom, which we can therefore assume to have been greater.
With the Daily Star having reported that Anton topped the week 1 vote with 23%, it seemed a stretch that he would fall from grace steeply enough to hit the bottom three, and so it proved as he was the last to be called safe. Post-Saturday show favourite Kiera duly became the next elimination, having been successfully Steph Nala’d.
It seemed like producers had accidentally pressed the button on Mason’s “best bits” compilation prematurely when it popped up on screen behind him in the singoff, as he sang about reaching the “end of the road”. But the valedictory feel to his performance was slightly undercut as they also ran Seann’s compilation while he sang.
Mason traded at around 1.2 on Betfair. I felt he deserved to be favourite based on his storyline on the show appearing to have run its course to a greater extent that Seann’s, who offered more entertainment value and a better voice; but there were doubts – the show does need a shock every now and then, pour encourager les voters. And we’d observed before that Mason looked just the kind of act who might benefit from a controversial singoff save or two. Given those doubts, I wasn’t tempted to go in big.
We’ll have more to say in the usual midweek review post. In the meantime, do keep the conversation going below.