I rarely mention the Olivers, as often I forget that they are in the show! But, something happened tonight during the group song, in that I suddenly realised that there is a wealth of talent in the final set of lads. It will be hard for Cameron to decide, I would imagine, as they are all strong. Although I would say goodbye to the little blonde lad who sounds too Welsh for Oliver. “Please Sir Can I Have Some More?” What would Mr Bumble reply: “Tidy?”
The Nancy mission this week was acting but more than that; comedy. Each of the girls took part in a comedy workshop led by Phil Jupitas. After viewing the footage Phil said that Jessie needed some work. Rachel received praise for doing confusion well. she has had enough practice, ending up in the sing off! Sam, as I suspected over-acted. Her character was supposed to be weak, yet she went in all cocky.
Niamh received praise for improvising and Jodie was described as “fantastic” (and John was nowhere to be seen!).
The group number was “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair” from South Pacific. This involved some movement in a bath tub. Cut to Jessie unable to move even when sitting down! What is this lass still doing in the competition? She needs training! Sam came across as very confident, but is in danger of rubbing other contestants up the wrong way with her head-bobbing stance.
Rachel and Jodie were both vocally spot on. For the panel, it was then usual comments. Jessie stood out for Barry, DVO liked Samantha. John liked Jodie. Andrew made a token gesture, praising Jodie, clearly feeling guilty about the awful Meatloaf comment.
Then, in order to return to the Nasty Nancy Two: The Revenge style plot-line, each lass was asked who they thought should go home. Niamh said Jessie and the Irish one picked Niamh! Jodie also would have sent Niamh home. Rachel picked Samantha and Sam picked, yep, you guessed it Rachel.
As for the panel John stuck to his guns as he would have sent Jessie packing. DVO and Barry both chose Niamh.
As if we needed them really, the results came in. Samantha was first through and punched in the air with defiance. Jodie was next with her annoying: “Thankyou so mooch!” Niamh was called out to be in the sing-off. Hardly surprising, which left Rachel and Jessie. Ireland voted in droves putting Jessie through, as she stood and feigned shock!
This left Rachel to battle it out with Niamh. “Another Suitcase, Another Hall” was the song and Rachel delivered, as she listened to Niamh back her, with wobbly vocals throughout. Rachel told a story and Niamh just sang it. The Lord made ridiculous comment of the night following Meatloaf gate, claiming that if he was casting Evita, he would give waif-like Niamh a role! (What?!) I am presuming he meant The Mistress part, but even so!
Andrew then returned to his senses and saved Rachel. Cut to the shot of the evening, all of the Nancys hugging Rachel, welcoming her back to the fold, all except Samantha who stood away from the group! Methinks, she considers herself a cut above.
A lacklustre “As Long As He Needs Me” by Niamh proved that the right girl was left standing.
But never mind the competition, as it clearly is a popularity contest and with so few folk voting, it’s not about the best gal for the role. In terms of narrative, I think Rachel and Sam may have a scrap before the show airs next week! Maybe the Nancy mission could be dubbed fight-night!
See you next time!