It’s time to get serious about cheeky chappy Olly
There is one thing I cannot understand about this year's X Factor and that is how Olly Murs goes into Saturday's final as a 4/1 shot yet personality-less wonder Joe McElderry enters as the runaway 2/5 odds-on favourite.
Every week, Joe takes to the stage, stands there, delivers good performances, gets gushing comments from the judges and, while all this is happening, I sit at home longing for somebody to break the tedium.
It might just be me but I don't want to hear an 18-year-old crooner singing bad pop songs as if his life depends on it.
I'd much rather take the slightly arrogant but infinitely more interesting performances Essex boy Murs brings to the table every week - and I don't think I'm alone if his near quarter of a million Facebook fans are anything to go by.
So what, he had one bad week and ended up in the bottom two and now he has no chance?
I cannot buy into that theory at all, especially after a series when anyone who's anyone has had to sing for their place in the competition at some stage.
All that mattered is he survived and even more importantly he outlasted his big rival, the equally talented Danyl Johnson.
It now means there will be no split vote, no other contestant that can put on a show and no other guy that the female voters can go crazy for.
You may have noticed that I haven't mentioned Stacey Solomon up until this point and that's not because I wanted to avoid cheap jokes about Olly's rumoured feelings for the 'unique' Dagenham girl.
Rather it's because I feel she has absolutely nothing to offer at this stage in the contest.
Her innocent, girl-next-door act has worn dry, her voice is nothing to write home about and last week's performance of Michael Jackson's The Way You Make Me Feel showed her up as exactly what she is, an average cabaret singer.
At the start of the live finals I was rooting for her to prove to everybody that she's capable of becoming a superstar, unfortunately my feelings have gradually waned over time so much so that I just find her incredibly annoying nowadays.
Fair play to Dannii Minogue for getting the young mother this far but it would be an absolute travesty if she was to get any further against two far better equipped potential stars.
It comes as little wonder that she starts as the outsider at 9/2, a price I see as have even less potential than Solomon herself.
So once again it comes down to a shoot-out, Murs against McElderry, great performer against great singer and it promises to be a tense battle throughout the course of the weekend.
To me there is no question, the entertainer takes it every time but I'm not under any illusions, Joe is in the driving seat.
I just have this sneaking suspicion that if Olly brings his best and delivers a faultless performance when he teams up with Robbie Williams then it'll be his face lining the top shelves of the music stores in the Christmas week.
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