The biggest moves today in the elimination betting were Anton shortening from big prices, with Mason coming in while Max drifted. The markets got it only partly right, with Max finishing last of all and Mason being the first act announced safe. That made it clear we were in for one surprise in the bottom three, and Anton duly provided it.
Monica traded at around 1.3 on Betfair during the singoff, and I was happy to take some of that. I felt all logic pointed to Anton staying: the way they’d treated Monica last week; originally giving her ‘Bang Bang’ this week; doubts about whether they would want Monica bouncing, when she’s a category rival of Louisa and with Lauren also looking strong; and a feeling that Cowell wouldn’t want to lose both acts four weeks before the final.
The judges made me sweat by taking it to deadlock, with Nick sending Monica home and Cheryl choosing Anton. Then Olly mistakenly told Monica that she was going home before Caroline jumped in to remind him they had to wait for the dramatic deadlock sound effect and the delivery of an envelope. As Jess posted in the comments, “They wanted her out so much they eliminated her twice.” One wonders how much money it would take to bring Dermot back?
As ever, we’ll have more to say in our midweek review post. In the meantime, do keep the conversation going below.