“Surreal”, said Dermot. “Bizarre”, said Simon. Ryan barely hit a note, and Honey G barely remembered a lyric – it was one of the oddest singoffs ever on X Factor. I opted to gawp at the spectacle rather than get financially further involved – though I’d expected Ryan to go on deadlock with one neutral judge doing the “right thing” by referring to the public vote. The fact that both Louis and Simon sent Ryan home suggested they didn’t have that luxury; we’ll see when the votes are revealed.
It’s understandable that the show wanted to keep Honey G around – she’s certainly compelling viewing, and Ryan has spent the last few weeks looking like a wounded puppy waiting to be put out of his misery. It’s been indignity heaped on indignity, from week 2’s hometown VT to last night’s cruel comparisons with Matt, and from his on-screen demeanour on Sunday nights and occasional frustrated tweets we’ve had the impression Ryan has been well aware of what’s been happening to him.
But he can go back to Coatbridge with his head held high after an exemplary exit interview with Dermot. Acts entering this show should realise by now that they’re selling their souls in return for Saturday night primetime exposure, and Ryan’s had more of that than most. It gives him a platform, and it’s up to him now to use it wisely.
Dermot said during the show that there was only 5% in it between the bottom four, and producers may be kicking themselves tonight for having taken their foot off the pedal with Honey G – the “same thing week after week” comment from Nicole was deadly – and not doing more to stick it to Saara. The “can Honey G really win?” headlines now cease, but no doubt the show will look for ways to squeeze a final week or two of other headlines out of their best tabloid fodder of the series.
Does this mean we’re facing an obvious final three of Matt, Emily and 5 After Midnight? Or can producers conjure any aces from up their sleeves to make the run-in more interesting? Do let us know your thoughts below.
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