Our reality TV expert Brionny Leiper previews X Factor and believes Shelley Smith will become the second act to head for home.
A dramatic double Over 25s sing off saw student Lorna Simpson become the first casualty of this year’s X Factor live shows. The 26-year-old lost out to fellow Over 25s contestant Shelley Smith in an emotional sing off that saw their mentor Sharon Osbourne refuse to vote on which woman she would send home. Despite Shelley being the contestant with the fewest viewer votes at the end of Saturday’s ten minute flash vote, the judges chose to send Lorna home instead.
After a brilliant performance, Rough Copy (4/1 to win with Skybet) are edging up on favourite Tamera Foster (10/3 also with Skybet). The boyband took the final performance spot on Saturday night and blew the judges away. With X Factor alumni JLS disbanding at the end of the year, there’s a definite gap in the market for a vocally tight, able to dance and stylish boyband like Rough Copy.
Tamera gave a solid performance of Chaka Khan’s ‘Ain’t Nobody’ and the judges raved about her incredible vocal range. Teenager Nicholas McDonald’s (also 4/1 with Skybet) rendition of Spandau Ballet’s ‘True’ despite having never heard of the band or the song until he began rehearsals for the first live show.
Girlband Miss Dynamix (13/8 to be eliminated with William Hill) are favourites to leave the competition on Sunday night and the girls look to be a strong contender for this weekend’s bottom two. Although they are all individually strong, the trio who were put together by mentor Gary Barlow at the bootcamp stage don’t appear to have gelled tightly as a group and their performance of The Pointer Sisters classic ‘Jump’ left the judges wanting more. The lack of chemistry between the group, (who comprise of Sese Foster, Reille Carrington and Jeanette Akua), was a big talking point between the judges. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they ended up in the sing off there after Dermot reveals the result of this week’s flash vote.
There’s a very good chance that Mrs O will have only one act left by the end of Sunday night as Devonshire’s Shelley Smith (7/2 to be eliminated with Betfred) is also tipped to leave the competition. While talented vocally, the 34-year-old white van driver is largely forgettable and with prison officer and vocal powerhouse Sam Bailey in her category (5/1 to win with William Hill), Shelley’s vocals and star power pale in comparison. The X Factor audience haven’t taken to Shelley’s loud, out-there personality which can across a little over-the-top at times and it’s highly unlikely the judges would save her if she was in the sing off for the second week in a row so early on in the live stage of the competition.
Recommended Pick for Week 2
1pt Shelley Smith to be eliminated at 7/2 with Betfred
X Factor’s live shows continue on Saturday (8pm, ITV1) with the results on Sunday (8pm, ITV1)