Here are some of the times that Lola Saunders has been showcased on the X Factor so far and we haven’t even got to the live shows yet.
Room audition – 5:39secs
Arena audition – 6:43secs
Boot camp – 2:30secs…even before any deliberations over whether Cheryl Fernandez-Versini gave up one of her six seats or not.
Then at judges’ houses, we found out Lola’s fate last out of every act to reach this stage, ahead of Chloe Jasmine’s yes vote to the live shows or Jake Quickenden’s tears at making it through at the second time of asking.
This is far more screen time than not only any other act from the girl’s category, but virtually everyone in the competition.
We know that she guts fish for a living and we feel like we know her grandparents well. Apart from being told that Ben Haenow drives vans in Croydon daily, how many other acts have we had the luxury of being informed of their private lives?
This makes producer intentions clear in the sense that they wouldn’t have invested all of this screen time in Lola, to send her home before the live shows. They will also give her support in reaching the latter stages of the competition.
Although votes can’t be made up, producers can give Lola suitable songs, later slots in the running order and positive comments from the judges to encourage viewers to vote in her favour.
She has also been set up in a similar fashion to the previous girls that have done well on the show – Leona Lewis, Rebecca Ferguson and Alexandra Burke – where the X Factor will give her the chance to grow from being a nervous performer to one that can own the spotlight.
The layers at bwin are the only bookmaker odds on acts that aren’t confirmed to be in the live shows, but it is as guaranteed as it possibly could be that Lola will be announced as the wildcard from the girl’s camp.
She is by far the best bet of all those at double-figure odds to win the X Factor at 10/1 and this price will certainly have shortened within the next couple of weeks.