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Red and Black Day – GRAND FINALE.

Red and Black Day Finale.

Being honest, I am a bit fearful about this post – because I worry you the reader will just think I’m looking into this too deeply. “Yeah, nice point mate, but let it go!”.

So that’s disclaimer number one, you agree to read this with an open mind. Disclaimer number two, this is very half baked at the moment. Disclaimer three – if you came to this site today, you would think this is all I blog about! Today was a closing the case day, and I think I’ve done that here! Red and Black is something to look at in conjunction with everything else from VT’s to show position. Disclaimer four – you could say “yeah, but why aren’t you talking about the diner (there was just too much else going on on that set) and why aren’t you pointing out that Marcus was standing behind a blue background and the “call now” strap very cleverly hid the piano.

So that’s why it’s half baked at the moment, so you accept that and you accept the four disclaimers!

 
You’ve digested Red and Black Day. Based on what you’ve read do you think:

a. The producers are just stupid.
b. This is just a hugely conicidental random event.
c. They are well aware of this and have been using this trick for ages.

I’m going for c.

So we’re agreeing it’s a deliberate act and they are well aware of it. Yes?

Do we agree, most of the time the producers use blue and white (and more colourful pinks etc when they want to). But generally, decent performances or acts they like long term, get blue and white? Yes?

Whilst it’s best to use red with black and silly smokey effects and flames, do we agree that the producers are well aware that using excessive red in a performance is ‘risky’ at best. Yes?

Now think carefully before answering this next one.

Which two acts over the last few weeks have the producers really been pushing? And I mean really pushing. Think first before answering!

 

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If you said Misha B and Little Mix, I agree.

Are we surprised that at no stage Little Mix have had excessive red in ANY of their performances? No.

Are we surprised that since Bullygate in Week 4 and a U Turn on Misha, there has been barely a hint of red in any of her performances? No.

So, to recap. You agree with me.

* They are well aware red is unhelpful.
* It doesn’t happen by chance.
* It’s thought through.

Agreed? Say those three things back to yourself over and over again, whilst you are watching these two videos.

 

Can you spot a predominant block of colour used excessively in this performance?

 

Well, we know why that is; but this is more curious,  what is your eye continually drawn to in this performance?

 

It doesn’t happen by chance. It’s thought through. 

They are well aware red is unhelpful. 

Red and Black Day – The Red and Black Herrings

It’s Red and Black day on Betsfactor. Read the posts on the left first. I’m talking to my imaginary friend today.

The first thing I want to stress, again, is that if you get Red and Black it doesn’t mean you’re going home. The point I am making is Red and Black is a great indicator of producers intentions….

SO WHICH ACT WAS IT THAT HAS NEVER BEEN RED AND BLACKED?

I think we all know the answer to that don’t we. And I think we would all agree one act has been given a massive helping hand over the last few weeks. Strange that they haven’t had any red and black appearing on their sets…. Bar, maybe the colour of the diner!!

AH, BUT IF THIS THEORY IS SO GREAT WHAT ABOUT MARCUS’S PIANO THIS WEEK AND THAT RUSSIAN ROULETTE MOMENT YOU TALKED ABOUT EARLIER.

There was red and black in FOUR different contestants performances. Red is a colour you can’t really get away from using over ten performances! But go back and look at some of your favourite ever performances. I bet the background was a mixture of blue and white/yellow.

It’s an interesting one. And any one reading the live blog actually live will have seen my initial ridiculous reaction. I’ve since deleted it! I wasn’t too worried about the piano – the main thing is that the background was blue. We will come to the piano later.

GIVE ME SOME MORE SUBLIMINAL NONSENSE DERREN BETSFACTOR.

OK – This is just for fun. The show is obsessed with “Popstar” being planted next to Marcus. What shape was he standing on this week?

Gary very charitibly recapped Amelia’s journey for us, in such a lovely manner. The week before when Amelia Lily appeared, what word was being highlighted over and over in red and black?? We’re getting silly now….

Coming Up for the Red and Black Day Finale – 8:15pm – A new half baked theory. The last one was correct, what about this one…?

IT’S IMPORTANT NOT TO GET CARRIED AWAY WITH THIS THEORY ISN’T IT?

Oh, absolutely.


Red and Black Day – The Singoffs Twist

It’s Red and Black day on Betsfactor. Where we close the case on the use of this colour scheme being one of a number of methods to nudge us in to not voting. Have a read of the article below first.

The Next Red and Black BOMBSHELL

On ALL of the singoffs, the act that was Red and Blacked WAS SAVED!

So Why?!

* We’re reading too much into it? On a Saturday, I’m absolutely convinced that it’s one of at least half a dozen ways to get the punters to hold off calling that 0901 number. On a Sunday, the singoff staging is fairly irrelevant to the public vote, other than for the drip drop effect.

* Laziness (Just use Blue for the first Red for the second – it doesn’t really matter – pull out a stock graphic)

* They always use Red second to mix it up a bit, so if anyone ever complains they can say “Well you got blue for the singoff and that’s more important”, despite the judges almost certainly having made their mind up already.

* So that in VT’s next week they can use the red and black behind the person, as normally the sing off person will be someone they want to go soon anyway (although this would not be the case with Misha).

So in summary, I’m not sure. My guess is “this is how it’s always done”. The producers have only minutes to sort out staging and so on, so the only decision they ever make is, who do we want going home? They stick that person on first (almost always), and they always get blue. The person on second (normally saved) gets red and black.

Any idea why? CONTACT ME HERE. 

More soon on Red and Black Day.

Red and Black Day – Case Closed.

Welcome to Red and Black Day on Betsfactor. Today we’re closing the case. Throughout the day there will be posts that I hope will convince you.

The post that has attracted the most attention on this site was this one.

It was a post that pointed out another of the methods the producers are, in my opinion, using to gently suggest to us that we might not want to vote for a certain contestant. As well as judges comments, the position in the show, the number of dancers they get, negative press stories etc etc etc.

It’s one of those simple things that makes you go… “Oh Yeah”.

Red AND Black.

IS THIS THEORY PERFECT AND FLAWLESS?

Red is a strong colour, it’s bound to be used a lot in the series, the problem seems to come when it’s used in a darker sort of way. Add smoke, fire, thunder clouds, hell like connotations and the contestant is this week’s chosen one. Just because it’s used doesn’t mean the contestant is going home. The public still decide, but long term your card is marked. The producers MUST realise using Red and Black is “unhelpful” at best. Get a dodgy VT, negativity from the judges, a duff song in a strange key and THEN red and black, you can jump on those betting markets with confidence that they are likely to be off!

WELL THAT’S NONSENSE – MARCUS DODGED A FIREY RED AND BLACK RUSSIAN ROULETTE BULLET IN WEEK TWO.

We tipped Marcus to go in that week. Listen to this weak performance. Watch the camera angle, what is he singing when there are flames directly next to his face (45 sec in)?! Marcus, you didn’t know it, but without your friends in Liverpool, you were history.

“So just pull the trigger”. They didn’t.

SO WHAT CHANGED?

I think the producers were surprised at the vote in week two, despite the ropey performance and decided to back him. Not sure why he got a duff slot in week three though, probably because, like Little Mix, he wasn’t front of mind at that point. They were still backing the acts Betsfactor told you were not going to last. It was also a week where there were still eleven acts, so every percentage point counted. I think it gets easier to spot what’s going on, the less acts there are. Maybe Lesson Two for 2012 is “leave it a couple of weeks”. This site’s performance has steadily got better as the series progresses.

OK – GIVE ME SOME MORE EXAMPLES.

Well, week three/four I think they’d had enough of Sophie.

MORE, GIVE ME MORE

OK. Which other act hit the bottom two in week four? And what colour was her staging?


HMMMM. THIS IS ALL VERY WELL, BUT OTHER ACTS HAD RED AND BLACK THAT WEEK.

Either the producers are monumentally stupid, or they know exactly what they are doing. All the acts they Red and Blacked were expendable at that point. So I don’t think they cared in week two if Marcus went, Craig looked like their 2011 Liverpudlian. Week four was around Bullygate so Misha could go, but after that they appeared to just change their mind about her. Frankie was also Red and Blacked this week along with Sophie and he survived. His staging, like Amelia’s this week, was much brighter.

DO THE PRODUCERS USE THIS EVERY WEEK?

No. Week Six they very generously decided to let everyone have a non red week, saving it to nuke Craig and Janet in the next two weeks.

OK – I’M ENJOYING THIS. GIVE ME SOME MORE.

Certainly invented reader. There will be more later. Including the thing that just makes it obvious from Sunday night, the strange trick they play each week and the one act that have never been Red AND Blacked.

Who could that possibly be?

GIVE ME EVEN MORE. I’M GOING TO ASK ABOUT MARCUS’ PIANO LATER AS WELL.

Ok – I have a very (self) important post coming very very soon. It’s another quarter baked theroy – but could be a massive massive early warning system.

I STILL DON’T BELIEVE IN YOUR RED AND BLACK THEORY.

Yeah it’s nonsense isn’t it.

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