The recap that starts the Sunday show is always worth keeping an eye on for what producers want you to remember. It was telling tonight that the main talking point of the night, Anton’s flash of anger at Nick implying he was fake, was not referenced at all. It was clear they didn’t want Anton getting any kind of sympathy vote.
Later in the show, Olly turned to Anton on the “someone’s going home tonight” line, and Simon cryptically told Caroline that having watched back last night’s show, “one or two weren’t as good as I thought”. Caroline asked: “But you don’t want to name him?” Simon replied: “Did I say ‘him’?”
It was no surprise, then, when Anton landed up in the singoff against Che. And it seemed like one of the most straightforward singoffs to call. If the show hadn’t already made its intentions towards Anton clear enough in his treatment last night, it seemed unlikely that they wouldn’t want to keep him around after his reaction to Nick.
It’s the first time Simon is without an act before the final, but better for the show that Simon remains as a “neutral” to tell everyone how good Louisa is than that Grimmy is left looking like a spare part for the next three weeks.
Unfortunately, everyone else was thinking the same way and Che was almost unbackable, trading generally at around the 1.1 mark during the singoff. I managed to get at least some money matched at slightly longer prices.
The judges attempted to give Anton as gentle a send-off as possible, no doubt fearing provoking a rant in the elimination interview with Caroline. There must have been some sighs of relief when Anton handled it in such a dignified and gentlemanly fashion.
The question now is whether Che benefits from the “week 7 bounce” that took JLS and Olly Murs to second place and James Arthur to the win. (Although this is only the fourth live show, in the rhythm of a usual season we’re in the equivalent of week 7 – three weeks before the final). The 3:1 decision doesn’t necessarily indicate that Che was below Anton in the vote, although he may well have been – it can also be to give the impression that the decision was obvious.
So who is next week’s target? Lauren’s treatment on Saturday felt like a softening to us, as did 4th Impact’s – but Reggie N Bollie, who have been treated indifferently in odd weeks and pimped to the high heavens in even weeks, were left till last to be called out, something that can create a sense that an act has only just hung on.
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