“You have friends?” has to go down as one of the most brutal lines we can remember in a VT. The visit from friends about which Simon expressed surprise then portrayed Sam as a child (they brought a cuddly toy and Strawberry Laces) who misses home, and ended with her reminding us she’s young; before being aged by her styling and singing a song with lyrics meant for people with more life experience, and which Sharon made a point of referring to as “old”.
Poor Sam. She’s not had much love these six weeks, and it was a pretty undignified end.
It came down to the bottom two who’d seemed most likely before the show. Ryan’s relationship with Emily offers more potential for column inches over the next week or two, and Sam was clobbered so hard last night, it was no surprise when she went on deadlock – although punters who’d been backing Sam at around 1.5 during the singoff will have had their hearts in their mouths as Sharon seemed all set to say Ryan’s name (“it’s only because he’s been in the bottom so many times”) before correcting herself just in time.
Earlier in the show, Dermot had us all rewinding our VCRs to unpick exactly how he worded his tease about the top of the vote (he also said there was only 3% between the bottom three). Our transcription is one that doesn’t make sense: “Over the last 24 hours the first and second place have changed a number of times, and the two acts who have been at the top who have never been top before.”
There are two possibilities here. The most obvious is Dermot didn’t mean to say the final “who”. Then, it would mean over the last 24 hours the lead had changed hands several times but only two acts have been in contention, and neither have been top before.
But what if he meant to say “there are two acts” instead of “the two acts”? Then it would mean any number of acts might have been top at some point over the last last 24 hours, including two who hadn’t been top before – but the final top two might have been the usual suspects. We’ll see when the vote is revealed after the series.
In the meantime, Honey G steams on, now challenging 5AM and Emily for second-favouritism on Betfair. Next week it’s movies week. That’ll be fun.
On whose X Factor journey will the credits be rolling? Do keep your thoughts coming below.
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