In what might have been the most predictable X Factor results show yet, Mary Byrne found herself in a sing-off situation with Cher Lloyd. And even more predictably, only Louis Walsh voted to save her. Out of loyalty only, because Louis has been waxing lyrical lately about his love for Rebecca and how he thinks Matt Cardle will ultimately win the series.
What was great about tonight’s judges’ votes is that we all knew Simon and Cheryl would opt to save Cher. So, despite voting second, Dannii Minogue was deemed to have the casting vote. The X Factor fanatics had already lit their torches and pitchforks and were blaming Dannii for making it ‘a fix’. Nonsense of course – Mary had simply started to bore the public a little.
I talked about this last night in my prediction post, So Long Mary Byrne: Mary had managed to stereotype herself with a stack of Shirley Bassey covers and very samey performances. We weren’t the only ones to notice that Mary’s attitude on stage had become very half-hearted. You can speculate on this in the comments, but I think she knew that the judges were pushing certain acts toward the finals and she hadn’t a hope of competing fairly.
The watchword here was predictability – the top three were announced in quick succession: Matt Cardle, Rebecca Ferguson and One Direction. All through to the final and safe. In fact, if it hadn’t been for three top-notch performances from Alexandra Burke, Black Eyed Peas and the cast of Glee, it wouldn’t have been that exciting.
Still, Mary’s gone now. But she did leave one lasting memory for me – that look of DEATH she gave to Cher Lloyd when both were onstage waiting to hear their fate. I get the feeling that Mary’s going to be a little bit disgruntled by the way she went out. But she’s on the tour, which is plenty of motivation to keep her mouth shut and get on with it.
Do you guys think it was a fix to keep Cher in the competition, or was Mary simply running out of tricks to show the audience?