They kept us waiting before confirming that there would be a sing-off, but in the end it was the results reveal we’d all expected after last night’s show: Reggie N Bollie and Louisa straight through to the final, and Ché besting Lauren in the singoff.
It will be fascinating to see, when the statistics are revealed after next Sunday’s final, if we can intuit why they left it so late to confirm that there would be a singoff. The most logical explanation, before it went to deadlock, was that it was close at the bottom between Lauren and Ché, and a singoff became necessary when Ché finished last. However, now we know Lauren finished last, an alternative possibility is that it was close between Ché and Reggie N Bollie for second and third, and producers wouldn’t have wanted to breed complacency by having Louisa go into the final as the only act not to have touched a singoff.
Lauren traded at around 1.3 on Betfair during the singoff. I didn’t go in again, partly recalling the 2013 surprise at this stage, but mostly because I was already sitting on a decent profit if Lauren went, from bets at longer odds earlier in the week.
It’s a night of mixed feelings for me, as it will be for many Sofabet commenters. The signs were very clear all week that Lauren would be targeted, but it’s possible to be glad about winning money while simultaneously feeling regretful about how it happened. Of course, it’s not Louisa’s and Reggie N Bollie’s fault that they have been the recipients of the show’s pimping this year, but equally it’s hard not to feel sorry for the acts who haven’t been that lucky, especially when they’re as personally likeable as Lauren.
Perhaps sensitive to criticism about banging the drum of the Fleur East bus last year, this time around we saw them putting the finishing touches to Che’s vehicle. This week we’ll be posting our traditional retrospectives of the three finalists’ journeys to the final. Do keep the conversation going below.
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