Last night Dermot managed to send the X Factor Outright market into a spin with Matt drifting, Emily drifting, 5 After Midnight backed in and Saara backed in.
So what exactly did he say? ‘Over the last 24 hours the 1st and 2nd place have changed a number of times. And the 2 acts who have been at the top who have never been at the top before.’
Firstly, tut, tut, Dermot. Grammatically that second sentence is a complete horlicks. The first sentence alone tells us nothing of substance. You would expect the 1st and 2nd place to change a number of times during Saturday night’s live show.
App voting gets underway before the first act performs and the act with the biggest and most loyal band of supporters would inevitably lead the vote from the outset. Saara sang first on Saturday so her vote would have immediately spiked pushing her to the top.
Saara would have likely remained at the top until 5 After Midnight performed from the 4 slot when they would have potentially risen to the top. Matt Terry could have then risen above 5 After Midnight after performing next, or made it into 2nd place.
This would already satisfy Dermot’s first sentence, rendering it meaningless and suggesting it was a statement of pure rhetoric.
Following the narrative of the previous week when Dermot pointed out the closeness in the vote between 1st and 3rd, the overriding impression is, his statement was intended purely to give the illusion of a close and open contest once more
The second sentence does not make sense unless we make a correction or two. If we amend it to: ‘And 2 acts who have been at the top have never been at the top before’, the inference here would be, Dermot was likely referring to Saara and 5 After Midnight. But it doesn’t necessarily follow that Saara and 5 After Midnight were the top 2 when vote lines closed on Sunday night.
Only if we change Dermot’s sentence to present tense: ’And the 2 acts at the top have never been at the top before,’ can we start drawing to more dramatic conclusions about new vote leaders. And if he meant that, why didn’t he say that? The use of ‘have been’ suggests it was a reference to vote leaders during Saturday night’s show who did not end up vote leaders when lines closed on Sunday.
Following the narrative of the previous week when Dermot pointed out the closeness in the vote between 1st and 3rd, the overriding impression is, his statement was intended purely to give the illusion of a close and open contest once more. The more likely reality is, it was a fudged comment dressed up as something significant and newsworthy but actually not telling us anything of major significance.
Saara enjoyed a big vote push despite the coffin slot which hinted at producer intentions to try and enable her to escape the sing-off. Sam couldn’t have been nuked more brutally from the 2 slot and while Ryan received a fair degree of post-song positivity, all the signs were there a Sam vs Ryan sing-off looked highly likely and this indeed came to pass.
Sharon’s shambolic stumbling over her voting decision was another all-time low for the show. It felt a near-certainty Sam would get the boot but she had to stand there listening to the spiteful harridan hinting at sending Ryan home only to do a complete u-turn and send it to deadlock, sealing Sam’s fate. All you can have is enormous sympathy for the wide-eyed youngsters who sign up for the X Factor hoping for a shot at the big time but who end up mercilessly screwed over by the show.
Ryan seemed an obvious save with a view to the next act in this sorry Syco soap opera which ails along like a wheezing asthmatic. With Emily no doubt forced to sing ‘Wishing On A Star’ during ‘Disco’ week only for this to be teed up to underwhelm and for Cowell’s 3 lackeys to point out how deadly dull it was, with Louis and Sharon instructed not to applaud, Emily WILL go uptempo on Saturday.
You have to start to wonder if Emily is being set up for a fall because a poor rendition on Saturday will give the opportunity for Cowell to polish his enormous ego by saying he was right not to send her down this path while also potentially navigating Emily into the dream sing-off scenario, pitting her against her boyfriend Ryan. This was speculated upon pre-series as the very reason why the wildcard element was dreamed up to get Ryan on the live shows.
Emily is due an early slot and if she underwhelms it is easy to envisage Saara being given the pimp slot on Saturday and lavish praise, Honey G enjoying more kitchen sink treatment and suddenly Emily will look vulnerable.
You have to start to wonder if Emily is being set up for a fall because a poor rendition on Saturday will give the opportunity for Cowell to polish his enormous ego by saying he was right not to send her down this path while also potentially navigating Emily into the dream sing-off scenario, pitting her against her boyfriend Ryan
If Emily isn’t quite in range of a take-down yet, the alternative might be a Saara vs Ryan sing-off on Saturday and a Ryan save ahead of a potential Ryan vs Emily sing-off the following week. But the prospect of an Emily Ryan sing-off must have Cowell salivating given the heartstring-tugging world Syco loves to operate in.
There were plenty of cutaways to a concerned looking Emily during last night’s sing-off. Again, you can only feel sympathy for the young contestants who are being treated as pawns in this sordid and frankly pathetic game that bears less and less resemblance to a legitimate talent contest.
While Matt remains a firm favourite, now available at Evens in the high street, the concern for his backers is that he hasn’t received a single pimp slot yet. But he has still been largely receiving praise, performing well and you get the sense he is cruising along towards the top of the vote.
Honey G being given the kitchen sink treatment from the pimp slot was possibly more a sign of the show keen to keep her firmly away from the bottom 2. Her one-dimensional act is wearing thin as are her repetitive platitudes in interview.
5 After Midnight are being given every assistance to shine and as things stand they look heavily in favour to be pushed to the final. Pre-series Sharon looked something of a good thing to lose all her acts first. She is now out to 3-1 with Coral which sums up the unpredictability of X Factor, but also represents value.
The view here is, if the Ryan vs Emily sing-off comes to pass Emily will win it and will then have a launchpad to potentially still make the final.
It’s ‘Movies’ week on Saturday. Of most interest will be the song Emily is given. Keep an eye on Comments for further updates. Hopefully some value emerges once we know the song choices.