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If you’re new to the party, it’s Colour Vomit day here on Betsfactor. Read this, this and this first…

Our friends at have an excellent weekly indepth look at the staging, so do head on over there each week and see if you can spot some more patterns. Here’s the latest article.

A reminder that we’ll be discussing this on the podcast on Friday, so if you want to call in and tell me I’m a “p*ss poor Derren Brown”, then 0161 81 82 800 is the podcast voicemail line – call 24/7.

The theory is this. Colour vomit is horrible on the set and on the staging. It’s horrible when it gets all over your clothes or the clothes of the dancers. It can often help towards a deflation in your vote. Keep your eyes peeled for outbreaks of it.

When the University of Leighton Buzzard offers a course in X Factor History, they will let their students down if there aren’t at least two full semesters on, the world’s leading multimedia brand. Scholars will write dissertations on what colour vomit truly is. I’m pretty confident it will form an hour long debate on “Betsfactor night”, on BBC4, in years to come. So, I’m leaving it a little vague to allow this theory to evolve.

If you love to hate this site… if you think that what I talk about is little better than the sort of conspiracy theories that end up on the front page of the Daily Express, let me give you some ammunition!

Trying to define Colour Vomit is difficult. I think I’d ask does it fill the screen, and often?

If the answer’s Yes, then it’s probably colour vomit. For instance, I’d say this isn’t. Too much black.

Tamera had hints of it in Week One, but I’d say this isn’t either.

So there’s your ammunition, haters!

I’d been brewing this theory for a couple of years and needed three more examples for all this to be beyond reasonable doubt…. The producers threw up all three in the first three weeks. 

1. Who’s the act we think they wanted rid of first? Wow, that’s a nice background isn’t it. The tape looks nice, the colours all match well with the video screen. What lovely styling. It’s all really tastefully done. Notice how the dancers don’t even have matching outfits. It’s pink on one half and orange on the other. True, it’s 80’s week, but I didn’t see, say, Nicholas getting all that colour…?

2. The moment I though “once more” was last week. I spotted this performance and thought – “right, if they hit the bottom two, we’re one more away from running with it….!” They did hit the bottom two! There’s colour vomit all over this performance as well…

Is it deliberate? Not sure…. Is it unhelpful… Absolutely.

3. Game Over. They decided to be a little subtler this week. That matching styling really is lovely isn’t it. It’s great that they are all wearing different parts of the same, vile, colour vomit outfit. How any human can allow themselves to be dressed in this stuff is beyond me.  We’ll throw some graffiti splatted in colour vomit as well, onto the stage, just to hammer the point home to the audience….

Indeed the word “Dreams” metaphorically exploding in the background is a wonderful, if not especially subtle message.

As always this is just a red flag. I fully expect tweets later in the series from people pointing out that someone got spewed over and “they didn’t end up going home” blah blah!

Let’s agree on this though. A health warning.

Colour Vomit is a very very dangerous illness to catch. It can prove fatal after just a couple of outbreaks. If you see colour vomit on the screen, seek urgent attention to your betting slip.

But, be cautious, don’t misdiagnose it  – Just because it’s bright, doesn’t mean it’s colour vomit.

I’ll leave you with this thought.

Disco Week is coming…  perfect conditions for another outbreak.

You can follow Betsfactor on Twitter @Betsfactor #noonedoes  #onlystartedtweetingthisweek   #colourvomit

Details on the Podcast here


At 1pm I left you with a fun quiz. The odds of you getting it correct by chance alone is 1 in 15.

Beyond Reasonable Doubt

Let’s look at Amelia Lily….
This was in the historic year of producer gaffe after producer gaffe. Ludicrous format changes, and situation where a girl could get to the final, despite having only survived HALF of the votes and decisions. A contestant that Kelly had decided was the fourth best she had, Amelia ,was now in the final. What a complete shambles.

Imagine if she’d won!?

The deramping had to take place to make sure she ended up third. They did this in lots of ways on the Saturday night.

They pulled out their classic weapon, Red and Black, but in a SYNERGY SENSATION, we hadn’t realised they also used colour vomit at the same time.

In 2012 a contestant that Gary had decided was the fourth best he had, Christopher, was now in the final. What a complete shambles.

Imagine if he’d won!?

The deramping had to take place to make sure he ended up third. They did this in lots of ways on the Saturday night.

It’s a real coincidence that they used a little colour vomit on the act they wanted rid of in the 2012 final as well isn’t it, shiny suits and laser eyes hadn’t worked, so they spewed colour all over the screen. And a knackered cassette tape.

It starts to emerge at about 1m 51.

I must just be getting carried away again. I always do this. It gets embarrassing.

So… has colour vomit spewed in the 2013 show…? I think you know the answer. More at 10….

The clue was at 1m 31!


It’s COLOUR VOMIT day on Betsfactor. The Planet’s Greatest TV Betting Blog. If you’re new to the queasy feeling, go and have a look at this first. #colourvomit is likely to be trending by 6pm.

The theory is this. Another trick that our lovely producers like to use to get rid of a contestant, is to cover their performance, or their dancers, or their body in lots of colour vomit.  As always, ask – does it make you screw up your nose…?

MK1 were the sort of act a junior government minister might be forced to watch during a visit to a community project in a youth centre in Hounslow. Like the postcode, MK1 failed to inspire. Now, whether the producers deliberately did this is up for debate, but we can tell that their bright colourful staging didn’t get people to pick the phone up. You’re probably thinking, yeah but this is just what they do with youthy urbany acts, your problem Richard is that you aren’t street enough…. Well, as we’ll see later, they soon stop when they want someone to do well….!

Week Two MKGone got a song that didn’t delight the demo and a huge amount of unpleasant colour vomit….

And when you get both of those BRFAA’s you end up 0.4% points off the bottom two. They almost disappeared in week 2. Some lovely colour vomit styling there as well.

Nearly… let’s have another go in week 3…

Couple of stars on there though. It’s a shame because this was a good performance! But that colour vomit is just raining off the screen….

And bottom two was in the sickbag.

Now what if I was to tell you that the greatest band in X Factor history were smeared in colour vomit?

So we started off with colour vomit… Jesy and Leigh-Anne at 51 secs made me laugh.

But, and this is very very strange, there were hints of it in Week 3 and then the patient appeared to have been cured. Now, it didn’t do them loads of harm, they polled 4th in the voting in week 2, but why did all that garish colour disappear?

Particularly to a group marketed at teenagers.

It’s almost as if the producers know that colour vomit isn’t helpful. If you’re thinking there are a lot of “yoof” examples so far, at 7pm – The shocking moments when they use it in FINALS!

Quiz game. Which of the following acts do you think had colour vomit in recent finals? Pick 2 from 6.

Little Mix, Christopher Maloney, Marcus Collins, Amelia Lily, James Arthur, Jarmene Douglas.

The odds of you getting this quiz right by chance alone is 1 in 15. So it really would have to be another coincidence.

10pm – The THREE times they’ve smeared it over our screens already this year…. and the massive vote slashes it led to as ill viewers catch a bug and go for a lie down.

COLOUR VOMIT – First Rumblings

When I write this site I ask myself the question, is this all a bit too obvious…?

I mean, if you distill this site, you could ditch the hype, hyperbole and gaffes and distill the point to one question.

“Does the audience screw it’s nose up?”

If the answer’s yes, the producers are trying to get rid of the act, or have made an error.

Once again this Betsfactor theory will seem obvious in hindsight, but we’re just having a bit of fun. I remember writing this in 2011

Are they just having a laugh? Surely the word popstar is now being used with such frequency and regularity that it can’t be a coincidence? Are we missing countless other things, are Little Mix all wearing subliminal telephones? Isn’t this all a bit creepy? Has this sort of thing happened on previous series? Is it just all one big conicidence and am I behaving like a cross between a P*ss poor Derren Brown and an amateur psychic who operates out of a Caravan in Bridlington? Searching for something that isn’t there….

And I’m happy to stand by that with this…! People often misunderstand these  Betsfactor Red Flag Alerts Alarms (BRFAA’s for short). They say, “ah, but this act were red and blacked and they survived” or “ah… but in week 3 so and so had this happen”. My point back is always the same. Let’s just agree that the evidence states this is “very unhelpful”. You can then try and work out what’s going on. It often frustrates me when I see comments that don’t appreciate the nuances of all this. It’s a red flag. Nothing more, it’s just a red flag. A great example was Hannah last week. Listen to the Saturday FLASH CHAT podcast and you’ll hear Daniel and myself both very very wary of those flames engulfing her; but we were happy with the performance, comments and Greggs VT. We felt there were more green flags than red, and we were wrong!

In my view, a producer or two might be vaguely aware of these sites by now. They  might have looked once at forums or blogs, but I doubt we’re even on their radar. They have far far more important things to do. However, my hunch is, they will often throw a curveball in, so that if ever challenged they can say “utter nonsense – just conspiracy theories from nerdy boys in their bedrooms – look see – Little Mix had some red and black in the final, or so and so had stars on them once and they left the next week”. Indeed, maybe that’s why Hannah was burnt! Just to mix it up a bit. Who knows!

I also think there’s a wider point here – and if I had to guess – Cowell has ordered them to “make it less predictable” this year, hence why the B listers are being flamed and Luke Friend can’t be out this week because he’s washing his hair. If we, the people who are putting cash on the competitions can’t work out who’s joining Miss Dynamix in the bottom two, then you can be sure Chloe, 17 in Doncaster can’t. You can argue that this makes it more interesting, or you can argue that the show is so full of mediocrity this year that no one cares, including the producers, who goes next week. So we have to see all of these BRFAA’s in context. The more red flags, the higher the chance that that contestant is in trouble.

I also think that sometimes it’s not completely black and red. Sometimes they might mess around “a bit” and it’s our job to cut through the confusion. I have a big big way to do that which I am still working on, which I might write up before 15th Dec.

I’m a massive fan of Sofabet. They spot loads of red flags every week and I would urge you to go and read their superb site. You could start with this set of articles for instance.

Let’s move onto a new theory. One I hope will be used now and again in normal language on these TV betting sites, like “delight the demo” and “red and blacked“.

Allow me to introduce my new phrase for you to adopt.

Colour Vomit.

Want to get rid of a contestant and throw the kitchen sink at them, but feel that Red and Blacking them is so 2011….? Well cover them, or the dancers, or the backdrop, in lots of lovely colour vomit.

Remember Rylan’s cheeky Gary Barlow banter which kept him nice and safe, just when they wanted to get rid of him? What did they do the next week…? It was kitchen sink time…. This was when I first spotted the pattern.

And that’s a wonderful first example….

In 60 minutes we’ll have a look at horrendous moments of colour vomit in recent times and the tiny votes that followed.

Then at 7pm, what if I told you that colour vomit was used once IN A FINAL in a sensational red and black double kill!? What if I told you that my never to be forgotten 75-1 ladies were Colour Vomited as well!? Would the theory hold up?

Finally at 10pm – Three times that we’ve seen colour vomit this year and how the acts have done….


60 Minutes to Go – EVEN MORE HYPE

Twelve Noon we reveal the next Betsfactor Red Flag Alert Alarm.

Then, examples at 1pm, 7pm and 10pm.

They even did it in the final!

AND to my beloved Jesy.

I always put the answer in the “60 minute to go” video.

More Hype

The clock is racing down to the MEDIA EVENT OF THE YEAR.

At Twelve Noon, another Betsfactor Theory is revealed.

I loved Darius.


New Betsfactor Podcast OUT NOW

Hannah Burnt? Abi Bullied? Luke Cleansed? 

Answers to all these questions. A full review of the weekend’s events, a look at the chances for all nine contestants now we’ve seen a few weeks worth of stuff. Your calls on Hannah’s Smile, Judges’ influence and the North’s influence.

You can listen directly here.


iPod, iOS, iPad, iPhone users. Search for “Betsfactor” in iTunes or the Podcast App. The shows tend not to update on Mac/PC iTunes versions for a several hours, despite being released. Do refresh a few times on your iOS device.

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Your five star ratings on iTunes are hugely appreciated – it’s simply to try and get us into the “new and noteworthy” section – so if you could, that would be really helpful – and do call us, before 8pm on Thursday for the next show – 0161 81 82 800 is the 24/7 voicemail line. Don’t be shy – we edit out any mistakes!

See you Wednesday for some fun.

HERE WE GO – AGAIN! Wednesday. Twelve Noon.

When juries sit and look at evidence, they have to agree that the defendant is guilty “beyond reasonable doubt”.

When I put the X Factor producers in the dock, I have to be sure they murdered the contestant, were guilty of arson or stole golden stars to bestow on another woman. That’s why I’ve been sitting on this one for THREE YEARS.

From the site that brought you Wishing on a Star Day, Star Crazy, Kye Fawkes Night, Delight the Demo and the 75-1 Little Mix tip and that  made “red and blacked” a verb….. And the site that backed Jade Richards not once but twice, made a complete dogs dinner of it’s Eurovision Predictions and failed to notice  James Arthur had overtaken Christopher.

We have something new for you.

I’ve been sitting on this one for THREE YEARS.


It’s now “beyond reasonable doubt”.


Twelve Noon.

* The traditional Hype starts from midnight Tuesday night

The podcast is back Monday Lunchtime.

And you can now subscribe to the Betsfactor Twitter feed – @Betsfactor for further clues and artificially manufactured excitement.


It’s Week 3 – so that means it’s Podcast TRIPLE WEEKEND.

2pm – Friday  Preview Show – Daniel Gould from and myself discuss the newly released song choices… Who’s up and who’s down and who looks best value to go on Sunday night.

2am Sunday – Saturday Night Sandwich – A quick show recapping what we’ve just seen, and who we think is in trouble… Using Betsfactor’s UNIQUE and patented traffic light system.

2pm – Monday – Main Betsfactor Podcast – A look back at the week and discussion about the winner. Plus loads of your calls on 0161 81 82 800.

With a sensational THREE Podcasts being released this weekend, you can not afford to miss out on this ultimate X Factor based betting audio experience.

iPod, iOS, iPad, iPhone users. Search for “Betsfactor” in iTunes or the Podcast App. The shows tend not to update on Mac/PC iTunes versions for a several hours, despite being released. Do refresh a few times on your iOS device.

Android, Windows Mobile and everyone else. Load up your podcast app and click “enter RSS feed” or “subscribe to feed URL” or similar; then enter:

Your five star ratings on iTunes are hugely appreciated – it’s simply to try and get us into the “new and noteworthy” section – so if you could, that would be really helpful – and do call us, before 10:30pm on Saturday for the 2am Sun show, and before 10:30 pm on Sunday for the Monday show – 0161 81 82 800 is the 24/7 voicemail line. Don’t be shy – we edit out any mistakes!

If you’d like to listen to Friday’s show, here’s the direct link…

If you’d like to listen to the FLASH CHAT Show (post Saturday show) it’s here –

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