In a rare act of compassion Syco decided against an Emily vs Ryan sing-off in this series. The possibility of this happening last weekend died as soon as it emerged Emily had been awarded the pimp slot.
While ‘It Must Have Been Love’ fell well below Week 4’s pimp-slotted ‘Creep’ the positives for Emily have been a run of advantageous running order positions in this series, and svengali Cowell inviting Emily into his inner sanctum at Sony HQ, dangling the carrot of pop stardom… as long as she does what she is told.
It was framed as Emily choosing to stick to the slowed-down lane but you have to think this was entirely Cowell’s decision. It remains problematic for Emily to continue along this path for the remainder of the series as watching her sing on Saturday was far from the melancholic beauty of ‘Creep’ and there was no escaping how deadly dull it all felt.
Two songs this Saturday and again we have been promised something uptempo from Emily which can either be viewed as a chance for her to triumphantly release the shackles or, to crash and burn and Cowell to hammer home the point she is better sticking to John Lewis-ing songs.
It was framed as Emily choosing to stick to the slowed-down lane but you have to think this was entirely Cowell’s decision
Matt had a return to form singing ‘Writing’s On The Wall’. He handled this difficult song very well and this series appears to be his for the taking. The only tiny doubt is the lack of a single pimp slot for him though it wasn’t until the last 5 stage last year that Louisa Johnson enjoyed the luxury of her first pimp slot with her second song of the night, ‘Jealous’. It will be interesting to monitor if this same pattern emerges on Saturday.
The show has treated poor Ryan with disdain throughout the lives, a bit like a cat playing with a half-dead mouse. There remained a fair chance Honey G might lose the sing-off as her appearance in the bottom 2 well and truly burst her bubble, and there was still the possibility Ryan might be saved with a view to a possible sing-off showdown with Emily the following week.
For those who took the advised 10-1 Honey G to be eliminated pre-show, she traded as low as 3 on Betfair in-running so there was a good opportunity to close out the bet for a guaranteed profit.
As it turned out it was Ryan who left the show and with great dignity on Sunday night. His presence on the lives can only be viewed as one Syco hoped to milk in terms of his relationship with Emily without going so far as have the two lovebirds sing-off against each other.
Maybe Emily remained too high in the vote for a take-down. Maybe Cowell had a change of heart and is keener to have Emily in the final unsullied – in other words, without a sing-off appearance. Whichever way you try and interpret it, it looks good news for Emily’s final prospects now and she looks the value in the ‘without Matt Terry’ market.
5 After Midnight were far from note perfect once more attempting ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ but again the show succeeded in ramping them enormously post-song. Name-checked as potential recording artists, the signs are clear they are wanted as a finalist this year.
While Saara’s rendition of ‘My Heart Will Go On’ was fine, her styling was odd and her VT stressed her foreign status. You get the feeling the show has her exactly where they want her in the vote and given her series-long treatment she seems a less likely finalist compared to Matt, Emily and 5 After Midnight.
It is more a question of how the next 2 weeks play out. Honey G is a busted flush now and without a mega-ramp for her and a dismantling of someone’s vote outside of Saara, it is hard to see how she escapes the sing-off again.
The fact it did not go to deadlock on Sunday also suggests she was bottom of the vote. No doubt Simon would have loved to look a paragon of fairness sending it to deadlock but Dermot tellingly went to him first so it was left to his henchman Louis to deliver the killer blow to Ryan.
A Honey G vs Saara sing-off would be an hysterical mis-match but this could be on the cards. Presuming Honey G then exits the competition, it would theoretically be very easy to save whoever takes on Saara in a semi-final sing-off on the basis that would then be a fifth sing-off appearance by her, and a first for whoever she takes on.
A Honey G vs Saara sing-off would be an hysterical mis-match but this could be on the cards
You can never be entirely certain reading Syco’s plans as the non-happening Emily vs Ryan sing-off serves to show but this looks the most likely sequence of events as things currently stand.
Should Honey G end up eliminated on Sunday night this will see the advised pre-lives bet on her to be Top Over at 15-8 (4pt win) bite the dust. Frustrating as this has looked a winner-in-waiting pretty much series-long.
If you have not covered on Saara yet, rather than back her at a best-priced 8-13 to be Top Over, the better value stake saver would be to back Honey G to be next eliminated, available at time of writing at 8-11.
In terms of the first mentor to lose all acts market, Sharon looks the value here. We have to anticipate an Over leaving the show on Saturday which will see those odds shorten ahead of the semi-final.
Keep an eye on Comments for an update following the song reveal later this week, when we will find out the ‘Louis Loves’ in store.
First mentor to lose all acts – Sharon – 7-4 – 2pt win – Coral
Without Matt Terry – Emily – 9-4 – 2pt win – Coral, William Hill