Dermot sent punters into a spin a few minutes into the results show by saying there was only 1% between first and second, 1% between second and third, and 4% between the bottom four. Punters assumed it’s Emily and Honey G who are within touching distance of Matt, and both contracted on Betfair accordingly.
It also apparently motivated the Coatbridge Cavalry to ride to Ryan’s rescue before the lifeline vote, which you would think producers will have anticipated. Perhaps that got them a chunk of extra revenue, too, as the Saving Private Ryan demographics who’d maxed out on their app votes took to the phones instead. Ryan’s now had a moment of redemption, which narratively perhaps frees up the show to drop the flash vote without it looking like too transparent an attempt to kill him off.
I was unable to access the app during the lifeline vote, and I wasn’t alone, but evidently the problems weren’t serious enough to concern producers. We’d said in last night’s review that if we were running the show we’d keep Saara around for the greater entertainment value, but after rewatching how little they did to help her, I wasn’t tempted to get too heavily involved on the girlband at odds of around 1.75. I’m happy enough to see the definitive wiping out of the liabilities I’d built up laying them in the win market.
As ever, we’ll be back in midweek with further thoughts. Do keep the conversation going below.