X Factor 2015 Week 6 Elimination Preview: Lauren Under The Bus?

The elimination market for tonight’s semi-final centres on Lauren Murray. We explained why last week was a masterful exercise in subtle deramping based on distracting arguments and unhelpful staging. It saw the Cricklewood lass fall into the bottom two for the first time this series.

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Attempts to dampen any sympathy bounce seem to be at work behind unhelpful tabloid headlines this week. The lowest polling remaining quarter-finalist, as Lauren is, usually gets eliminated in the semi-final as the bounce phenomenon fades somewhat by this point. Since the phone vote statistics have been published from 2008, this has been the case every year with one exception – Luke Friend in 2013.

But sometimes, it’s taken the singoff to ensure it happens. Every time there has been a singoff at this stage – in 2010, 2013 and 2014 – the previous week’s survivor has faced the act coming down from a sympathy bounce – in this case, Che – and polled above that act. But Lauren Platt in 2014 and Mary Byrne in 2010 were sent home by the panel with a majority verdict.

Precedent therefore suggests the most likely scenario is Lauren losing to Che in a singoff on Sunday night, though producers’ best laid plans can come undone. We thought Rough Copy were preferred finalists over Luke Friend before polling so far behind everyone else that putting them through to the final would have looked grossly unfair once the stats were released. Instead, deadlock meant that public opinion was allowed to prevail.

Presuming Lauren is the target – based on the clear indications that Louisa is The Chosen One, whilst Che and Reggie n Bollie have been namechecked as finalists – producers will aim to prevent a repeat of that scenario.

They will also want to avoid Reggie n Bollie polling last, behind Lauren in third – leaving them with the tricky situation of Nick Grimshaw voting to send home an act he has lauded throughout. If it’s Che who polls marginally behind Lauren in last place, it would be less controversial to put Che through by majority verdict. Though that assumes producers have forgiven Che’s stutter over last week’s lyrics.

Song choices suggest certain narratives that can help with continuing to undermine Lauren’s support. One song, ‘Runnin’ seems in the same niche of contemporary dance track that was used last week for a distracting argument about song choice. Meanwhile, the itunes revelation that she would be relying on her judges’ houses number ‘Take Me Home’, with its unfortunate title, could lead to the unhelpful, “I preferred your previous performance of this song” line. Song choices for Che and Reggie n Bollie both seem in their comfort zones.

As for favoured one Louisa, we’re looking forward to seeing how producers pimp her this weekend. A red carpet appearance and visit to West Ham FC could be the VTs that indicate she’s a humble star in the making. She’ll do the Gabrielle Aplin version of ‘Power of Love’ for another John Lewis special, whilst ‘It’s A Man’s Man’s World’ is there to showcase how big her vocals can be. The last four winners of each series have appeared in the following semi-final slots: #3#8, #4#8, #3#8, #3#8.

It should be another fascinating night spotting the various methods of manipulation on display. This weekend could mark the return of the finalists’ battle buses, which occasioned the infamous moment last year when Dermot banged the Vote Fleur East banner whilst the others remained unsighted. Like last week, don’t make too many assumptions based on the first song when there’s another one to come. Do let us know your continued thoughts below.

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150 comments to X Factor 2015 Week 6 Elimination Preview: Lauren Under The Bus?

  • Ben Cook

    Take Me Home is in Lauren’s comfort zone too though, and quite similar to One Last Time, which saw her go top 10 on iTunes. What if she nails it again? If they’re really out to get her, it’s surprising that they’ve allowed her to do it as it’s great song – much more suitable than Best Of My Love which would’ve done nothing for her.

    • annie

      …they can still dress her like a hooker and stage her like a cheap play. and thus minimalise the impact coming from her wonderful singing and emoting. It worked once already.

    • Sagand

      I think once the voting figures come out you might find ‘One Last Time’ wasn’t the moment you think it was (in the same way Uptown Funk made Fleur favourite in every way but votes)

      • annie

        I was thinking the same.

        We see that sales and votes dont really correlate.
        She was supposed to be struck that week and dodged it, but I am inclined to think it will be a bit ike when everyone thought Abi Altons I will survive was a standout, peaking moment for her and it turned out it was nothing out of the ordinary voting wise.

        ETA I think she wouldnt have ended up in the B2 last week if she did in fact have a stand out moment 2 weeks earlier. Her core support should have been stringer.

  • Jessica Hamby

    Regarding Rough Copy – I don’t think it was just their polling that sent them home. Their harmonies were constantly out of tune and their performance in the sing-off was terrible. To have them in the final would have made the show look ridiculous.

    • Chris Bellis

      Rough Copy were pimped quite a lot. I did a straw poll among friends and relatives and they were batting for Rough Copy. I agree though that they couldn’t sing, but that’s not the absolute killer it should be. It would be in Eurovision, but not in any X-Factor I’ve seen in Europe at any rate. Bulgaria regularly picks winners who can’t sing, despite being a country known for its singing abilities. X -Factor public voting patterns are weird.

  • Jessica Hamby

    I hadn’t thought of the “not as good as your last performance” line.

  • Jessica Hamby

    I love the Lauren bus too. (Well I would, wouldn’t I). 😉

  • Plinkiplonk

    The statistics are really interesting: so for the last 4 years, the winning act has closed the semi final show. Wonder who that will be tonight …

  • Henry VIII

    The line through Lauren’s face in the bus picture made me laugh. I’m sure that’s what they’d do. Anyway she is fighting the evil machine’s horrible song choices and getting them changed. David v Goliath.

  • Chris Bellis

    At least they haven’t given Lauren “Don’t Fear The Reaper”. She might pose more of a challenge than TPTB think. I hope so anyway.

  • annie

    previews are up.

    I actually like how Lauren sounds on both songs. (didnt like the previews last two weeks, so I am not blindly biased)

    Both of Louisa’s sound samey-samey and bore me. I do wonder how she never ended up like Ella Henderson… Maybe the fewer live shows? I am sure they will make a brilliant popstar out of her but her X factor songs suck the life out of everyone.

    Reggie n Bollie sound absolutely awfull, but will be fun, for sure.

    Che doing Amy W doesn’t sound as good as it could in the preview, something in the arrangement..? doesn’t feel like the tearjerker it should be. The other one sounds good.

    Let’s see how it unfolds in 2 hours time.

    • Jessica Hamby

      I think Amy’s performance is great but I’m not convinced Love Is A Losing Game is a great song. It’s one of those that loads of people know by name but not many people could sing to you, not even the first two lines.

      • Stu

        A great song isn’t determined by whether it is catchy. Obviously music taste is subjective but I can’t fault any song on the Back to Black album.

        • Jessica Hamby

          You’re right about catchy, but that song didn’t even break into the top 30. Wuthering Heights isn’t catchy, you can’t sing along to Missing You from Romeo and Juliet but a lot more people know those songs than know Love Is A Losing Game.

          As I say, the name of the song is famous but the song itself is not well known. I personally like Amy’s performance and I think the song is ok but I don’t think it’s going to be in many people’s top 100 songs.

          • David Cook

            I think that Rehab is the only song from Back to Black that sold well as a single. But it is a great album. The singles were probably released more as a means of promoting the album rather than aiming for sales in themselves. I would say Lana del Rey did pretty much the same with Born to Die, an album which has sold in huge numbers but you would be hard pushed to name any of the singles. To be fair to Che he did sing it quite well – just not as well as Amy. But then you’re not going to get the same level of connection with the song that you’re going to get from the singer – songwriter. That’s one of the limitations of a Karaoke competition.

    • Ben Cook

      Louisa sounds really good on Man’s World – I bet that’ll close the show.

      And I’m a Lauren fan but I don’t think she sounds that great on the two songs – I’ve downloaded the full length versions. She sounds a bit ill actually. Having said that, the iTunes versions are always mixed very badly compared to the TV mix.

  • Ben Cook

    Just noticed that Louisa’s “Power Of Love” is 3:02 on iTunes – that’s a lot longer than usual!

    • annie

      really??? wow, they really don’t care about any pretense of fairness do they? There have been so many badly butchered songs to get them to the desired length .. for Louisa they choose the edit that works, regardless of time limitations. barf

  • Chelsea

    Slightly off-topic so apologies but where do you guys bet on X Factor if you want to place a larger bet (over £500)? On Coral the maximum bet for X Factor is £100. Thanks in advance.

    • stoney

      Enjoy it while it lasts my maximum is a fiver. Betfair is your best place

    • Andy

      And try not to be too successful on Betfair or you will receive this email.

      We are writing to inform you that last week, for the first time, you would have been required to pay Premium Charges. However, in line with our policy for customers that incur the charge for the first time, last week’s Premium Charges have been waived. The charges should appear on your account statement as both a ‘Debit’ and a ‘Credit’ of exactly the same amount.

      Please be aware that in future, if your betting continues to be as successful as it has been, you may be required to pay Premium Charges.

      • Jessica Hamby

        Yes. They don’t mind you betting and losing but it all gets a bit awkward if you win.

      • Chelsea

        That’s ridiculous, can’t believe they actually admitted they were charging you an additional fee because you were “successful”! I will avoid Betfair like the plague! I have heard of other betting sites close accounts citing ‘suspicious activity’ after someone has won and tried to withdraw a large sum. In the end I went with SkyBet but thank you everyone for the recommendations.

    • DannyCraig

      Not a fan of that by R&B….zzzzzzz

  • Curtis

    RnB RnBed and in the death slot. But could be setting up for second performance pimping.

  • 360

    Reggie and Bollie red and blacked with a jail theme. If this was the US they’d be dead bottom after that.

    • Ben Cook

      Mmm I’m now wondering if they’re now seriously worried about them being a threat to Louisa so they’d rather just get them out this week

  • Alan

    Set up for a redemptioin in the 2nd round. Possibly topping the voting given those comments.

  • Curtis

    Lauren and RnB to be swapped in the order for second round?

  • Fudd

    Oh Nick criticising Lauren slightly. Could we see a passing of the torch to Louisa by him tonight?

    Rita: We don’t use illness as excuses!

    Ahem, Louisa last week???

  • Alan

    Haha. “Nerves”. Nick taking the pay-cheque and towing the party line.

  • Ben Cook

    It’s difficult to disagree with them on Lauren this week – the comments were actually fair. It did sound a bit panicky. But it didn’t feel like they’d thrown her under the bus.

    • annie

      well, I also agree the whole performance was a mess and you could hear how ill she was..
      But precisely the overly mild criticism is what I think is the bus. They were afraid of the actual harsh deserved criticism not to generate sympathy.

      …and I actually thought the neckline of her dress was lovely, but the rest was unfavourable for her figure, made her look full and not fine. I don’t thunk it was good for Simon to draw attention to it.

      • Jessica Hamby

        Death by a thousand cuts then.

        Lost any last smidgen of respect I might have had for Rita and Nick. Don’t suppose that they care but if I ever have the chance to spit in their dinner.

        • Chris Bellis

          When I worked in a (very posh) restaurant and we didn’t like the customers we did a bit more than spit in their dinner. That’s what this lot deserve.

          • Jessica Hamby

            I don’t work in a restaurant so it’s a bit hypothetical but if the opportunity arises I will happily do my bit.

  • Curtis

    Criticism of Lauren was very fair in my opinion. It felt she was trying too hard to me.

  • 360

    “We don’t use illnesses as excuses” wow Rita. Towing the party line tonight aren’t we? She sounded like a schoolteacher with that line.

    Good for Lauren managing to get a word in edgeways to mention it, they didn’t like that.

    On another note, camera angles were very weird in that performance and the stage seemed very big and empty. The dress they had her in was nice but they seemed to keep trying to get her from the side-on view – to make it look unflattering?

  • Chelsea

    Can’t believe Rita, Lauren’s mentor, actually made that comment about illness not being an excuse even though we’ve heard about Louisa’s for weeks on the show and in the press alike!

  • Curtis

    I didn’t hear Rita’s line about not using illness as an excuse – that’s rich!

  • Keen Observer

    RnB on first, Louisa last – can only think the duo must be topping or are close to topping the vote.

  • Plinkiplonk

    I think the damage on Lauren was done with the VT, it made her look a bit like a stroppy teenager. Agree that the comments were just midly critical enough not to invoke any sympathy. And no production at all – was all the budget used for Che’s supporting army ? Crucially, Lauren is the only one not to have been called a finalist, so…

    • Jessica Hamby

      Yep. It’s the messages that they repeat that they really want you to hear.

      Doesn’t sound like there will be any surprises tonight.

  • Plinkiplonk

    Oh FFS – angelwings ? REALLY ?

  • Fudd

    Angel wings??? They’ve given Louisa angel wings?!

    Subtlety’s gone out of the window then!

    • annie

      im gonna be sick 😀

    • Jessica Hamby

      She’s wearing wings? Maybe it’s her period – although advertising it like that would be quite the deramp.

      Tptb sound like they are taking the piss. They must be crying with laughter and joy. They think their viewers are morons and they’re absolutely right.

      Good for us though. Hope you all make money this weekend.

      I’m glad I’m not watching it though. 😀

  • Dannycraig

    That was very good by Louisa. Loved it. Spending my winnings already 😉

  • Linda

    Was that a deramp for Louisa? Red and black, poor vocals, it was horrible!

  • Dean F

    Louisa weighed in or desperation? You guys decide

  • sparkly_roy

    Loads of reverb on Louisa’s voice. No one else got vocal effects……

  • Dean F

    In my opinion she can do alot better but TPTB are going fir the win IMO not making her current

  • Fudd

    My mother’s been a big fan of Lauren throughout. Tonight:

    “She [Lauren] shouts. Louisa has got more depth to her voice. Louisa and Che should be the two finalists.”

    • Ferret

      agreed – Lauren did herself no favours tonight – viewers coming in for the first time will not feel that the judges comments to her vs Louisa are harsh. Lauren needed to nail it to have any chance of survival – and she didn’t.

  • Curtis

    God that effect they did on Louisa’s voice was annoying. And they could have at least made that really long note a big belter! A little underwhelming. Oh, and Simon made the “want to win” comment again, which has questionable appeal to the audience.

    She still won round one, but more due to inadequacies of the others.

  • Jessica Hamby

    Did anyone mention how old she was? Was the word “moment” used?

  • Ben Cook

    Louisa was competent but didn’t deserve a standing ovation there

  • Lia

    I’m not watching. Please keep the comments coming…

  • David Cook

    It’s not so much a case of who was best as to who was least worst. All the performances were awful. Second songs must be better surely?

  • 360

    Louisa sung well tonight, at least some of the last notes were lovely.

    The pimping on her compared to the others is ridiculous though. Angel wings and a trip away to a football club that no-one else got.

    Awkward too that when Lionel is asked who was his favourite or if he had a favourite performance so far he says Che, then also compliments Louisa and Reggie n Bollie but doesn’t have a word for Lauren at all, even though she’s standing right there. There’s a moment you see her turn to him to hear his remark for her but it just doesn’t come. That was a bit sad.

    Overblown praise for Che tonight, they’ve Andrea’d him well. Vote well under control or at least they think so.

    • Jessica Hamby

      I’m glad I’m not there to see this. It’s one thing to read about it but I would be burning with impotent rage if I was watching. Understanding that it’s the X-Factor and only to be expected doesn’t help either.

  • Fudd

    Che now moved to first position in the running order for round two.

  • Fudd

    Post Che’s performance – Cheryl and Nick both in tears; Rita would be but ‘[her] eyelashes would fall out’.

    And then comes Simon calling it a great song but with a bad production and ‘a bit ordinary’ – which I don’t think is an unfair critique so the sympathy vote won’t be over the top. Indeed, the other three overdid it.

    Louisa second in the running order.

  • Curtis

    Simon’s criticism seemed against the script there! And is Lauren getting the pimp slot?!

    Edit: Scratch that, probably Reggie N Bollie get it right?

  • Sagand

    Lauren to be memoryholed by a RnB mega-production.

  • Piresistable

    Being a bit slow here, but do the phone lines normally open after the first performances?

  • Alan

    RnB in the pimp slot surely.

  • DannyCraig

    That’s another good vocal by Louisa….

  • Fudd

    OK, if this was Lauren’s staging we’d be questioning it – dots, stripes and writhing silhouettes in the background; predominantly white which clashes with Louisa wearing white.

    Four judge standing ovation though.

  • Curtis

    Now that there from Louisa was good. That was her best.

  • Ferret

    tote have suspended betting on the elimination – it is THAT obvious from TPTB

  • Dean F

    That was very very good. RnB to have a big 2nd production then though I didn’t hope so

  • DannyCraig

    Call it confirmation theory but R&B can’t sing, Lauren is hit or miss, che average at best….no way can she be beaten….

  • Fudd

    Oh Rita saying ‘see you in the final’ to Louisa – I’m guessing she was speaking off the cuff… and Olly reiterating that we have to vote for her to see her in the final suggests some ‘damage limitation’ if that makes sense.

    • Jessica Hamby

      Olly is making sure that people vote and don’t assume that she’s already there. Rita is confirming that she is worthy to be there. Nothing unusual about it as far as I can tell from reading your post.

  • David Cook

    Not Xtina – but definately good enough.

  • Jessica Hamby

    According to someone on DS they’ve styled Louisa and produced her the same as Xtina when she sang it at the Grammys (on the youtube video someone posted on the previous thread).

    Funny how little effort they put into making an original show. If they feel confident enough to do that with hardly anyone noticing then it’s no wonder they feel confident enough to manipulate the way they do.

    • David Cook

      If you’ve seen it you know it’s a total rip off. If you haven’t – and I would assume most viewers won’t – then it was an impressive performance.
      Louisa’s first performance shows why it’s best for them not to try anything themselves. It sarted John Lewis and ended as a mess.

  • Ben Cook

    I’m usually underwhelmed by her but Louisa was stunning just then, and it just goes to show badly wrong they’ve got it throughout the lives for her in terms of songs. She’ll get a huge vote tonight.

    I thought it was odd that they didn’t let her close the show – but perhaps with them opening the vote halfway through the show, people use their free app votes before the end, and that’s why they had Che and Louisa on early in the second half?

    • Jessica Hamby

      Mention has been made that Louisa had effects on her voice that others didn’t have. If that’s the case then it’s no wonder she sounded better. Great for her in terms of the vote of course.

      • Curtis

        I didn’t notice anything, but I don’t pretend to have a great ear for some things. I mean, she’s a belter, the song played to her strengths, and with or without effects, she hit some killer notes.

    • 360

      It could just be again that they don’t want to give her pimp slot two weeks in a row, presumably she’ll get it in the final.

    • Ferret

      they need to give the pimp slot to RnB to get them above Lauren

  • Plinkiplonk

    Oh look – the Plinth of Death and the Jumpsuit of Dumpiness. Lovely.

  • Fudd

    I swear the plinth they’ve put Lauren on is taller than her.

    She can hardly go ‘running running running running’ whilst stuck up there. And no production despite this being an uptempo number which would really suit it.

  • Fudd

    “Watching you is like watching EastEnders.”

    Depressing??? Promoting an East End barmaid (Peggy Mitchell) image??? Expecting a 10 year old to come on stage in a moment and hit Lauren on the head with a jewellery box???

  • Curtis

    That plinth. Oh my God that plinth. She looked so lonely out there.

  • Sagand

    Has she performed on the floor at all since expressing a fear of heights? Just her first one tonight.

  • Dean F

    RNB close the show this must be special

  • Ben Cook

    That seemed like quite a helpful VT for Lauren there.. my heart broke a bit seeing her lying on that Z-bed in the middle of the living room! I know there was the Plinth of Doom, but I liked the staging and the performance was much better than earlier. Still, it’s probably not enough. 🙁

  • Chelsea

    Rita throwing shade there again with her comments about Lauren just doing what she (Lauren) wants.

  • Dean F

    Lauren and Che b2 is the aim with Lauren going I’m sure

  • Plinkiplonk

    Ok, just how often have we seen Lauren dressed all in black while Louisa was dressed all white ? Why not just given them signs with ‘good’ and ‘evil’ round their necks ?

  • Chelsea

    “Where else can I go? Where else can I go?”

    Subtle, X Factor, subtle.

  • David Cook

    The sad thing is that this pretends to be a singing competition, but they try to kill off the most consistent performer. The only act that’s really shown that they can perform current music.

  • Lia

    Trying to watch. Recorded. But seriously fast forwarding. 9 year old not watching 🙁 so she was serious. I’m bored, typing here so I don’t need to focus. Sorry for being random…

  • Fudd

    They’ve even given the audience glowsticks for Reggie and Bollie.

    Four judge standing ovation for Reggie and Bollie. Song one was just to ensure they didn’t get too much of a pimping – this was the one to remember.

    Target: Che v Lauren; Lauren to go.

  • Curtis

    Well looks like we have our first joke act in the final.

    • Alan

      The joke’s on anyone who still watches this show without a hint of irony. It’s almost become a parody of itself. They’ve taken manipulation to new heights this series with the pimping of Louisa and RnB.

  • Plinkiplonk

    Well, they clearly cannot afford to have R ‘n B in the sing off, as they wouldn’t be able to save them over ANYONE without it being a complete farce. They have no substance without the production, so a sing off would be … interesting. Cannot wait to see what they will do with the Bob Dylan song…

  • 360

    Reggie and Bollie was so dull. A ‘mash-up’ of two songs that don’t go together in the slightest, just an excuse to give them an extra song to sing.

    They are literally a backing track and dancers. It just annoys me so much that the producers obviously have good backing tracks and dancers available and just choose not to give them to any of the decent singers they could easily launch as popstars.

    I’m not talking about the harder-to-sell curvy Che and Lauren either, with productions like that they could easily have sold for example Mason or Kiera a lot better. It’s like the show is determined to eat itself and become as dull as possible.

    Absolutely as someone said in the other thread; they’ve prepared themselves to sacrifice the entire show to get Louisa over the line. Poor business sense and annoying for those of us who are, for better or worse, longtime fans.

  • Curtis

    Showed the wrong Ché song in that second recap. Don’t think there was any meaning to it, probably just an error!

  • Lia

    Half way through. This is shit! Hating every second. BUT I realised something: it’s better for everyone that Louisa just wins the bloody thing. Simon just gets who he wants and leaves everyone else in peace. Anyone else winning will get the Ben Haenow treatment and will release an album (just cause they have to) and get dumped straight away. No career coming from anyone else. Not with Syco. Not XF related. Take the fall gracefully, graft a bit and earn a career not owing anythig to Simon fucking Cowell.

    Yes, I’m pissed!

    • Jessica Hamby

      Right on sistah!!!!!

      *and only a teensy bit ironically*

      It’s just a shame they’re forced to wait until the empty space that is Louisa releases a record before they can release one themselves.

      • Lia

        I know. One whole year before they can start doing anything else. Crap! It’s jail time! I just hope there’s light at the end of the tunnel… And that it’s not a train coming…

        • Jessica Hamby

          The only light at the end of the tunnel that I can see is the Cyclone on IACGMOOH. But I have to wait until tomorrow to see that. 🙁

        • Alan

          Do they have to wait a year? Andrea’s album was out ages ago.

          • Ben Cook

            No they don’t… the only rule there is they can’t sign with anyone other than Syco until after the tour finishes

          • Jessica Hamby

            Oh. Ok. My mistake. I thought they had to wait until the winner released a record. Maybe that’s going back a while. I remember there was a lot of fuss about Chico releasing Chico Time.

  • annie

    I actually want Reggie and Bollie to win.
    Can’t wait to see them Christmas No 1 with Bob Dylan.
    Simon should just have that,

  • Stoney

    God that 1/2 odds from last week looks really terrible now doesnt it guys

  • Plinkiplonk

    Well, based on the statistics in the original post. R ‘n B have a good chance of winning this, so the pathetic fawning from the judges could be them getting onto the bandwagon, while Louisa is getting the Fleur East Memorial desperation treatment. Alternatively, Louisa could have this in the bag, and they want to make sure there is an element of fun in the Finals.

    I know which version I would prefer, because R ‘n B winning could just be the final nail in the coffin that this show deserves.

    Cannot see past Lauren going; I think very cleverly she has been given just enough rope to hang herself tonight. As always she had no support from staging, wardrobe or sound whatsoever, and her VTs were mildly irritating and pathetic. I think if she is clear bottom by tomorrow 7.59 pm they may do without the singoff, otherwise Che must be the preferred choice, as he could be credibly saved over her by majority. Anything else may introduce a small extra interest, but I don’t think I can be bothered any more. Should be the lowest rating for a final for quite a few years, methinks.

  • Cath

    The opening sequence to the show was interesting, recapping all the rounds the acts have been through before the live shows. The furthest Lauren was seen was at live auditions, Che at bootcamp and RnB and then Louisa at 6 chair challenge. Is that meant to represent how far these acts will go from now on? Poor Lauren!

  • Andy

    R&B topping the tellymix poll. Pimping may have been too ott.

    • Stoney

      Really. From what I can see Louisa is romping it

      • Andy

        She is now, wasn’t earlier. Well done on picking Louisa mate, I got a hammering on XF this year. I’m hoping Jay and Ferne bring home the bacon, I feel certain Ferne wins tomorrow.

        • Stoney

          Ups and downs mate its the way it goes. I would be happy enough for Louisa to miss out if jay wins strictly. He is the big one for me. Although with Jay Louisa and Andy Murray im on the brink of an absolutely superb festive hat trick

  • annie

    strangely only Louisa is so far on iTunes charts… (plus Lauren with last weeks song)
    its weird, usually everyone pops up , even if its at no, 189….

    • Curtis

      Probably a good indication of the quality of tonight’s show!

    • Donald

      They have probably stopped using it as promo tool since Lauren was doing best. It doesn˙t convert to votes and it is a possibility that iTunes have the hammer down on them tonight as it semi final night, considering the hype job the did with Fleur semi final song on iTunes last year.

  • Donald

    Every trick used as usual tonight, right down to opening voting lines, damped app promo. Were they playing with Sofabet with red and black use.

    They will send Lauren home, they have done everything to get the bottom two they want tomorrow. Simon kept on sympathy vote trail for Che.

    Viewing figures will be way down tonight and next week final will be lowest ever. Will get one week at No.1 with winners single but it may not last two weeks to be Christmas No.1.

    Only bus shown tomorrow Louisa, infact maybe Louisa might be the only finalist given a bus.

    • Jessica Hamby

      She won’t need a bus. She has wings.

      If Che is going home to Essex too they might as well just let him have a couple of seats at the back of Louisa’s and she can drop him off and pick him up again on the way back. 😀

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