As the new singoff system debuted, it’s worth remembering that another innovation – the Saturday night “flash vote” in 2013 – was quietly dropped after three weeks. There’s no guarantee that producers will persevere with this one. They were probably as intrigued as we were to see how it would pan out, and what kind of act would benefit most from the flash vote-to-save.
There were no big shocks in the bottom three, with elimination market leaders Bratavio joined by Freddy and Saara. It was Freddy whom app voters reprieved while the ads were on, perhaps indicating a crossover in voting demographic between Freddy fans and app users. As Dermot filled while waiting for the vote to be verified, Simon promised him that whoever did best in the singoff would be saved – and there was never much doubt who that would be.
Bratavio traded at around 1.25 to 1.3 on Betfair during the singoff and were unsurprisingly cut loose, given that they always appeared cynically confected and without the charm or joy of previously successful joke acts – although Simon’s “obviously” in saving Saara was a bit rich considering this show’s history of manufactured controversy.
We’ll be back in midweek with a more considered review of the first live show. In the meantime, do keep your observations coming below.