Early favourite Laura White was voted out by the judges after a sing off against Ruth Lorenzo.
I’ve watched it now – both were fabulous and, to be honest, I’d have picked Ruth to stay after her passionate rendition of Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door. Laura’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow was lovely, but way too similar in style to her earlier performance of Endless Love.
Most people think that Daniel Evans, who, bless him, isn’t great, should have gone weeks ago, keeping space in the competition for the likes of Austin Drage. I have some sympathy with that point of view, but I didn’t vote so I can’t really complain.
Louis Walsh is getting pelters from all quarters as his vote sent Laura off into obscurity. This is not fair – Simon also voted to send Laura home, not least because he fancies Ruth and has admitted as much on live tv.
I actually wonder if all this hype is an attempt to get one over on Strictly, who whomped X Factor in the National TV Awards a couple of weeks ago, much to Simon’s disgust. Everyone is talking about Strictly in general and John Sergeant in particular (and didn’t he put up a robust defence of himself on It Takes Two tonight?. The row over Laura’s demise seems like a crude effort to prise back the spotlight.
Frankly, Tom Harris and Andy Burnham need to get over themselves. You can just imagine them, if, as expected, Labour loses the next election, crying foul. Will Tom be saying “you’ll have to go a long way to convince me that the public knows best when it comes to choosing a Government”?