X Factor 2017 Week 2 Review: A Fall from Grace?

Thursday evening saw The Sun run with a story previously seen in Wednesday’s The Mirror alleging Grace had been “branded a diva”. Was this the start of a takedown, or just a shot across the bows, sending Grace a not-so-subtle reminder that they have the armoury to take her down if they want to? Our […]

X Factor 2017 Week 2 Post Mortem: All White on the Night

After the clear intent of Saturday’s show, Sunday’s was a more opaque affair, with several instances of questionable staging followed by high praise from the judges. No performance was praised more highly than Kevin Davy White’s, and he duly topped the evening’s vote after a four-judge standing ovation.

Kevin then doubled up by also […]

X Factor 2017: Live Show 3

Tonight’s next elimination betting is headed by Leon Mallett, hoping to ‘Get Lucky’, having managed to ‘Stay’ after an unimpressive first live show. His closest rival is fellow member of the boys category, Sam Black, who remains stuck in 1961 for ‘La Lamba / Twist & Shout’. According to the market, the other act in […]

X Factor 2017 Week 1 Review: Dermot, The Silent Assassin

In the absence of Simon, whom do we trust to be most unerringly on-message? Dermot, of course. Dermot is known on Sofabet as “the silent assassin”, for his ability to slip the knife in during his post-song interviews. The last weekend brought a few gems.

Sofabet commenter Alan noted one in the very first […]

X Factor 2017 Week 1 Post-Mortem

We’re still getting used to the new rhythm of the show. It has some plus points, but one thing we suspect producers will be rethinking today is the “prize fight” singoff format. Twitter and the Sofabet comments section were united in bafflement at why the show thought viewers would care which of Grace or Rak-Su […]

X Factor 2017: Live Show 2

We’re still adjusting to the changes in format, but it has to be a positive that the franchise felt refreshed from its tired old formula. Our midweek musings will be where we plunge into depth on various treatments. That will include Spencer’s assassination, which saw more than a few foreign references, and a cage of […]

X Factor 2017: Live Show 1

Our commenters have until 8.20pm tonight to enter the traditional prediction competition (in the previous thread for ease of compilation, if you could). That’s when the first live show kicks off. We’ll witness half this year’s acts performing, including two wildcard winners, a guaranteed elimination, and a singoff between the top two for a special […]

X Factor 2017 Pre-Lives 1-16: On The Rak

Grace or a group? A group or Grace? If not Grace, which group? That’s been the question occupying the Sofabet brains trust – although, as usual, we confidently expect that the first week of live shows will turn many assumptions on their heads and leave us with egg on our faces. Please be reminded that […]