It's not like the situation when someone's off sick and a replacement must be used. If people book to see Jodie and the producers don't even try to provide her then the audience is fully entitled to get a refund or an exchange.
I do see your point Matthew, and I don't believe for a moment that there wasn't a clause inserted by the BBC to prevent a runner up or another contestant from appearing as well within the initial contract time for the winner - which is about 6 months, isn't it? So, I really don't think it is going to be an issue.
However, Connie was only initially meant to do 6 shows, I believe I am right in saying? Therefore, the public is probably aware that if they were pre booking tickets, it would be better to do so for one of the 'big' nights, and guarantee their choice of performer, because after Connie strained her voice, the producers may have been more insistent that a relatively inexperienced reality show performer not risk the same problem? I am talking avoiding understudy here, not another contestant from IDA.
My second point to the person who said that to get top price tickets you had to book months in advance - this was certainly true for the first few months, and you needed to do that when they came out, four or five weeks before the final. There was no guarantee who was going to be Nancy at this point, even though it may well have looked like it would be Jodie.
Thirdly, I wanted Jessie to win, or Sam or Rachel. BUT, if one of them had and Jodie had been given two performances that were not at peak time, I really would not have had a problem. Yes I would have been disappointed if I had booked one of those performances, but I had the wit to think they might use an understudy for some Wednesday matinees, and therefore booked a Friday instead (I admit, hoping for Jessie, hey ho!)
I would not want my money back. The money raised from phone votes last year went to Children in Need, and this year it goes towards bursaries to help young performers train who may not have the funds to do so.
Lastly, I know that BG and RA may do all 8 shows, but RA is only on until July, and BG will probably have other filming commitments and therefore have the same sort of run. Most big stars, especially those who do other things than MT, do not have a really protracted run.
It would be hoped, by her fans (?) presumably that Jodie will do a year or more. 8 shows a week for that length of time, even with holidays is exhausting. Could this also be a factor in the decision, do you think?