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Michael Taylor 5th Nov 2009 - 19:40

Archer could be fired this week

I'm afraid I'm with the general British public when it comes to this year's X Factor - if you're lacking personality then there is no room for you.

Firstly the strippers, followed swiftly by Rikki Loney, Miss Frank and Rachel Adedeji and now I feel it's time for rock singing, crazy hair wearing, all-round nice guy Jamie Archer to get the chop.

However, in contrast to the first four evictees, I do actually enjoy watching the pub singer on my TV screen on a Saturday night, I just think his shelf life is nearing its sell-by date.

I hate to say it but I agree with Louis Walsh when it comes to summing up Archer's talents, "there are a hundred guys singing what you do in pubs tonight, you're like a Lenny Kravitz impersonator."

His biggest problem is that he was tailor made for last week's rock week yet he was out performed by at least three of his rivals, and maybe even four if you include Jedward's brilliantly bad version of Queen's We Will Rock You.

He ticks all the boxes for what should lead to success - style, good voice, non-offensive - yet his flame seems to fading fastest out of all the original outright favourites.

His challenge this week is to bring a unique twist to a song from a film.

Let's hope his mentor, Simon Cowell, steers him away from such blockbusters as This is Spinal Tap, Tommy and School of Rock and pushes him more in the direction of Disney.

He needs to take a risk at some point and while coming out wearing Mickey Mouse ears may not be advisable, a performance that shows he can adapt may be his saving Grace.

For me though, there is no doubting that he is the best value bet to become the fifth person eliminated from this year's shows at a massive 4/1.

A lot will depend on how girls' favourite Lloyd Daniels comes back from his sing-off disappointment last week.

The Welsh teenager benefitted from Cowell's generosity as he stayed in the competition at the expense of Rachel thanks to the public vote.

Daniels was said to have been battling with a cold but many thought his rendition of Billy Preston's You are so Beautiful was more than worthy of getting the big boot into pop music's wilderness.

He was frequently out of tune, looked uncomfortable on stage and was, to put it bluntly, rubbish compared to his bottom two opponent - but then again it's not like the charts don't have room for good-looking, relatively talentless stars.

Daniels is the 6/4 favourite for elimination but I can't help but think his massive female following may be wearing out the redial button on their phones after last week's wake up call.

In terms of the outright betting, I feel this could be a great time to get back on the Danyl Johnson bandwagon after a shocking week four showing.

He was brilliant through weeks one to three, yet his perceived arrogance saw him plummet into the bottom two and only survive by the skin of his teeth.

His answer to the criticism, a horror showing in week four that offered the public an insight into his frailty and character - it worked to perfection as he avoided slipping into the elimination stages.

Britain loves an underdog and if a few dodgy weeks have taught us anything it's that Danyl isn't quite the cocky showman that we all had him down for.

Another great weekend this time around and his current price of 6/1 will look like a fantastic piece of business.




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