Tim Booth thinks it's worth taking a chance on Kim picking up late momentum.
Dancer James Jordan was evicted on Tuesday night via a flash vote, with the nominees only being announced during the live show itself. A similar sort of scenario is taking place tonight, so unfortunately firms are unlikely to be offering markets in advance for this particular eviction. My instinct tells me that Geordie Shore’s Chloe Ferry could be given her marching orders, but it of course depends on which housemates pushed their buttons last night in order to save themselves. Hopefully producers will bring it back to basics on Tuesday for a traditional style eviction.
We’re into the third week now, with the final confirmed as being exactly two weeks from today. This week, it’s been all about one person: Kim Woodburn. The ex-How Clean Is Your House star came in like a wrecking ball last Friday, and has caused utter chaos, to say the least. Viewers have been shocked and entertained by the over-the-top and confrontational nature of her behaviour. The primary narrative of the show seems to be the entire house vs. Kim at the moment, and so she has received the most airtime. I have been monitoring social media stats throughout the show, and hers in the last few days have been through the roof. She is extremely divisive, of course, but highly controversial characters have done very well in the Channel 5 era, the most recent example being Stephen Bear just last series.
One of Kim’s biggest rivals was undoubtedly James Jordan. His eviction on Tuesday has to be seen as a positive for her, as they were both attempting to become the alpha villain of the house - a battle which Kim has already won. For some reason, Heidi and Spencer are coming across a lot nicer this time around, and don’t really count as villains, as things stand.
Looking at the list of the battle to become Top Female (excluding Heidi), many seem to be on a downward trajectory, whilst Kim looks to be on her way up. Chloe Ferry (7/4) is the current favourite in this market, but Marnie Simpson greatly disappointed in the vote last series, compared to where she was ranked by punters. Chloe arguably lacks the likability and charm of Marnie, and she is even more one dimensional to watch. It therefore would come as no surprise to see Kim (11/4) easily last longer than Chloe to become the strong favourite in this market. Also worth keeping an eye on are Coleen Nolan (6/1) and Stacy Francis (20/1), who could yet make a comeback as she makes good TV, and there are still two weeks to go.
Nobody can predict exactly how the show will pan out in the next fourteen days, but if anyone is to pick up the late momentum, it could well be Kim, based on what we’ve seen. If she ends up being up for eviction tonight, she would have a solid chance of surviving and her price could crash in the various markets as a result.