fromcainwithlove said: ok I just finished boot camp p2 and wow lady I wanna yell at you so much hdy BUT! re: louis and lack of footage, CRAZY CONSPIRACY THEORY: what if he was a truly last minute decision? it's obvious from way downtown that the other four are gonna be important, and that can't all be editing. but what if simon et al originally planned a group of four? Louis's voice was by all objective standards the weakest and he thought we was going home from the start. maybe something v close to the end (tbc)
(cont) made them decide his presence would be good. OR, maybe simon had him in mind the whole time but thought he wouldn’t take the deal and it would end up a foursome. like the camera man saying it sounded like louis didn’t want it - for whatever reason I feel like they didn’t film him bc he wasn’t part of the plan, rather than him doing something to ruin the shots.
A) I’M SCREAMING AND I’M CRYING AND I NEVER WANT TO TALK ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE EVER AGAIN FOR AS LONG AS I LIVE
B) Quick disclaimer (NAH IT’S NOT QUICK I’M SORRY, but it’s honestly more about tag commentary I’ve seen on reblogs than it is about what you’re saying) because my wording on that part of the post never 100% sat well with me but it was SO LATE and I was SO TIRED and at some point you just have to let things stand as they are. Baaaaaasically I don’t think he would have ACTIVELY SABOTAGED any shots by pulling a face or whatever (although that one time he might have inadvertently done so by gesturing to Jay or even just by whatever look was on his face when she was encouraging him from the audience) so much as I think he kept himself in check enough that he might plausibly have shown ZERO outward indications of giving any fucks at all, which could be the reason he’s so much less visible than Niall - the others all had at least one segment devoted to them, but nearly all of Niall’s pre-group exposure comes from the fact that he’s REALLY open and expressive. When it came down to it, “people in reaction shots NEED TO ACTUALLY BE REACTING” was probably a higher editing priority than “make sure you foreshadow every single member of the Frankenstein groups” was.
C) BUT. BUT BUT BUT. BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT. I’M SO INTO THE IDEA OF THERE BEING NO FOOTAGE OF LOUIS BECAUSE HE WAS A LAST MINUTE ADDITION, because really, honestly, AND I SAY THIS WITH ALL THE LOVE IN MY HEART, why include him? Belle Amie were only a group of four, so it really could just as easily have been Niall, Zayn, Liam, and Harry. Except at judges’ houses you end up seeing EXACTLY THAT GROUP trying to function under pressure while Louis is getting his foot checked out, and it’s a total gibbering nightmare of stress and nerves.
Is it THAT FAR outside the realm of possibility that Louis was on Simon’s radar, if not as a personality or as a serious contender, then as someone who was putting the work in even though it might have seemed like he didn’t care? And if that was the case, it’s possible that the judges did decide on a four-person lineup before Simon went OKAY, BUT: ALL FOUR OF THESE BOYS CONSTANTLY LOOK LIKE THEY’RE ABOUT TO CRY AND/OR PASS OUT. Was there someone else they could add to balance it out and add some fucking chill? Someone maybe a little older but still around their age, someone who had shown over the course of bootcamp that they adjusted quickly and got along well with people, someone who was focused but didn’t seem to let the pressure get to them so easily? DID THEY HAVE ANYONE LIKE THAT AVAILABLE?