This week’s elimination market is dominated by Four of Diamonds, Ryan Lawrie and Saara Aalto, who between them have spent plenty of their recent Sunday nights waiting to be called safe on the X Factor stage. Ryan’s won the last three flash votes, having been in the bottom three each time, and we’ve grown to enjoy the knowing look on his face during the Sunday night process. We’ll be waiting to hear whether or not Dermot confirms tonight that the Sunday lifeline vote continues. Could it be a case of Saving Private Ryan for the fourth week in a row?
Ryan has at least had some good press this week, being hailed as a “have-a-go hero” alongside Five After Midnight’s Kieran (they helped an old lady who had fallen over), and visiting previous X Factor charity Together 4 Short Lives with girlfriend Emily and Matt Terry. He and Emily have also reversed any unfortunate publicity over their alleged stair-romping with a sex ban to focus on their music.
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Four of Diamonds have survived the last two singoffs, and promised to switch things up this week with something that shows off their “individuality”. Their song choice, Wilson Phillips’ ‘Hold On’, doesn’t have much of a track record on this show but saw The Conway Sisters fall into their first singoff back in prehistoric X Factor times – reportedly they landed rock-bottom of the vote, with half the total of their nearest competitor.
In the context of this competition, there’s perhaps a rather unfortunate subliminal to the lyrics: “Hold on for one more day.” We’ll have to see if they are treated any better than last week’s burning at the stake.
Thanks to Tina in our comments section (and Yle Tampere), we’ve seen a clip of Saara in studio rehearsals, for ‘Sound of The Underground’. Although the song, previously done by Fourth Impact, feels like it may not showcase her vocals as much, the choreography looks very much like last week’s big production.
Clearly producers have found her lane, and it’s been good for her, avoiding the bottom three for the last two weeks having survived the first two singoffs. There’s been no indication on social media of mentor Sharon visiting Saara’s native Finland, as was suggested would happen on Xtra Factor last week. If there’s a bottom three again this week, Saara has to finish top five to avoid it, most likely above Ryan, Four of Diamonds, and one other.
The springers in the elimination markets this week have been Five After Midnight, partly because of their tepid treatment over the last few weeks, and partly because of a last-minute song change from what seemed like a more suitable mashup to The Spice Girls’ ‘Say You’ll Be There’.
I yield to no-one in my love for this particular song, but it’s a slightly strange choice for the boys, as a sappy number, associated with a female band, about bickering and wanting reassurance – perhaps not a positive sign considering renewed press stories this week about the possibility of them splitting up. On the positive side, it doesn’t require great vocals to nail it.
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Sam Lavery has drifted in the elimination market, with a promise that she’s dedicating ‘I’ll Stand By You’ to her father. It seems like a suitable song choice for her. It’s previously been covered by Belle Amie in week 3 of 2010, and was a singoff number for Stereo Kicks. It’ll be interesting to see if more thought goes into Sam’s staging than has so far been the case. She’s also due a nice running order slot, but that’s no guarantee of getting one on this show.
It would be no surprise to see Honey G get the pimp slot for Kriss Kross’ ‘Jump Jump’. In our midweek article we considered whether producers are intending to try to drag her to the final. After being the last announced safe at the weekend – as were Gifty and Relley in the previous two weeks, portending their imminent demise – Honey G’s polling performance has been the subject of great speculation in our comments section.
It’s worth bearing in mind that Reggie n Bollie were the last called safe in week 4 of 2015, when doing very well in the vote. It’s unlikely Honey G did as well as that, but one would think that producers will continue to pull out the stops for their headline-grabber if she’s in any danger. In a sparse crop of tabloid coverage for the show this morning, Honey G wearing a furry hat is considered newsworthy.
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Meanwhile, the Mail runs an exposé on how “her real name is the decidedly more formal Anna Georgette Gilford”, as if this were somehow a revelation – she told the judges that in her first audition – and the Guardian tie themselves in knots trying to decide if Anna is a villain or a victim, while showing some amusing naiveté about how the show works. Producers must be loving the attention.
That leaves us with market leaders in the outright, Matt and Emily. Matt has Wham’s ‘I’m Your Man’, which has previously been covered on the show by Marcus Collins, Kingsland Road and Jedward (not so much ‘I’m Your Man, but ‘I’m Your Non-Threatening Boy’, then). Emily has the most iconic of 1 Direction songs, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, which may follow the template of Luke Friend’s acoustic version rather than the Reggie n Bollie production.
Tonight’s show will tell us more. Do keep your comments coming below.
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