Scottish Play-Offs

We now HAVE reviewed all the kings and queens of Scots from Kenneth MacAlpin to James VI and it is time to find out which one of them will be crowned the Scottish Rex Factor champion. As with our first series, we are playing all the Rex Factor winners off against each other in a public vote to pick the overall winner. Read on to find out who is in contention, how the play-offs will work and for the play-off draw. Or, listen to the play-off draw podcast episode here where we explain everything and make the play-off draw live (at the time).

Rex Factor Winners

There were, slightly inconveniently, thirteen Rex Factor winners in our Scottish series:

All deserving winners in their own way, but how to decide which one of them will be the winner? Well…

Play-Off Structure

Unfortunately, thirteen does not divide into a nice equal number of Rex Factor winners, so to make things a bit simpler, we decided to give our top seeded monarch (the one with the highest overall score in the series) a bye straight into the final. Of these  monarchs, Robert the Bruce was the top scorer and has therefore secured himself a place in the Grand Final!

Robert the Bruce – so good he’s already in the final

So, that leaves us with the much more convenient number of twelve monarchs, so we are splitting them into three groups of four. The winners from each group will go through to the Grand Final to do battle with Robert the Bruce, with the winner being crowned the Scottish Rex Factor Champion.

But without being able to travel back in time, kidnap all the monarchs and throw them into an arena, how will they actually be able to take each other on?

Voting

This is where you come in! As with our first series, we are employing a system of electoral colleges – Ali is one electoral college, Graham is a second electoral college and you, the rest of the world, are the third electoral college! Each group will be given a podcast episode where Ali and Graham talk through the four monarchs and compare their reigns and assesses them against each other, factor by factor. At the end, Ali and Graham will (secretly) write down who they think should go into the next round. You will then have the chance to vote yourselves in an online survey for each group – simply vote for the one monarch in each group that you think deserves to go through to the final. Links to each survey will go up on our websites and be shared on Facebook and Twitter once the podcast episodes have been released.

We don’t consult each other on voting and, if the first series is anything to go by, will probably have a very different idea of who we think deserves to win, so your votes will be absolutely crucial. The voting for the group stages will be open until 30 April 2018, so be sure to listen to the podcast episodes for each group and then get your vote in before time runs out!

Play-Off Draw

But who will be facing who in each group? We seeded the monarchs based upon their total scores, so in theory the top monarchs would avoid each other in the first round. However, those with the top scores are not necessarily the rexiest of monarchs, so seedings aren’t everything!

Top Seeds

  • Malcolm III
  • James IV
  • Alexander II

Second Seeds

  • James II
  • James VI
  • David I

Third Seeds

  • Kenneth II
  • Alexander III
  • Kenneth MacAlpin

Bottom Seeds

  • Constantine II
  • Malcolm II
  • Mary Queen of Scots

We then used our Heritage playing cards to draw them into Groups A, B and C. And the draw was as follows:

Group A

  • Constantine II
  • Malcolm III
  • Alexander III
  • James II

Click here to vote for your favourite!

Group B

  • Kenneth II
  • Malcolm II
  • David I
  • James IV

Click here to vote for your favourite!

Group C

  • Kenneth MacAlpin
  • Alexander II
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • James VI

Click here to vote for your favourite!

Let Battle Commence!

So, there we have it! An intriguing draw with some very juicy encounters to come. A father and son battle in Group B (Kenneth II and Malcolm II) plus a mother and son battle in Group C (Mary Queen of Scots and James VI). The scores are one thing, of course, but this is not simply about number crunching. Who do you think deserves to win Scottish Rex Factor? It’s in your hands to decide, so listen out for the podcast episodes on Groups A, B and C and then make sure you vote for who you want to see join Robert the Bruce in the Grand Final.

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