Strictly Cum Dancing

November 19, 2008 at 10:41 am 4 comments


Last night I saw my first Strictly Come Dancing programme (the UK version of Dancing With The Stars) . It was not the Saturday night show, or the Sunday night results show (which is apparently also filmed on the Saturday after Tess changes her dress) , but the daily Strictly Come Dancing – It Takes Two programme hosted by the easy-on-the-eye Claudia Winkleman. Boy you would hope that she doesn’t “grow up” to look like her mother!

We put it on at the request of J from next door who had popped round to drop of C’s birthday present – she is 39 today 😉 – and who stayed for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc on the understanding that she could not miss the show. She being the programme’s self-confessed greatest of fans. To be honest she is just a sucker for any half-toned rugby player in a cummerbund!

How does the BBC get away with this? Is this the best of public service broadcasting? It seems to me that the show is pervasive. Every BBC news bulletin on the TV or radio seems to reference the latest voting dilemma or bullying incident. The show is featured on every episode of the One Show.  The tabloids are full of it. There have even been questions asked in Parliament regarding whether it is legitimate that John Sergeant, who dances, well, like me (i.e. badly), should be kept in the “competition” by the public vote when, in the end, it is supposed to be a dancing competition. And is just me or does anyone else think that John Sergeant is really Jo Brand in a tux? Has anyone seen that pair in the same room? Surely those two were separated at birth……

For me the only redeeming aspects to the show are Tess Daly, (a truly well put together lady), Claudia and Christine Bleakley. Incidentally we got a double dose of Christine last night – no sooner had she finished her interview with Claudia on BBC2 than she was hosting the One Show on BBC1, and talking about the show again. Does anyone know more about her alleged affair with co-present Adrian Chiles?

But I also recognise its ability to cross the divide. Last night Claudia asked Four Puffs and A Piano what they liked about the programme. Hmmm? What on Earth could four gay men find alluring about men in tight-fitting trousers I wonder?!? Presumably the BBC must have the Four Puffs on a retainer. Seeing as they aren’t doing the Jonathan Ross show at the mo then the BBC are obviously keen to get their money’s worth. Or should that be our money’s worth.

Surely there is something more interesting to talk about? Can the judges truly be accused of bullying? Can the great British public continue to waste its money voting for the Serge? Is this the best spend of our license fee money? Answers on a postcard please.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Middle Man  |  November 19, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Shock! Horror! He has gone:

    Now can we PLEASE get back to normality!?!


  • 2. Dennis the Vizsla  |  November 19, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    This is why we don’t watch “Dancing with the Stars”. Well, that, and the judges hand out way too many perfect scores.


  • 3. WHW  |  November 19, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    to be a bit pedantic, Dancing with the Stars is the American version of Strictly Come Dancing… but that is neither here nor there.

    The judges were perhaps not really bullying Sergeant but they were definately trying to influence the vote, which is a bit unfair. If the British public want to waste their money watching a bit of “dad dancing” week in/ week out that is up to them!

    I guess now that he has quit the show it can go back to normal, but for those who would rather waste their time watching X-Factor, you will find that the same thing is happening there… crap singer keeps getting to stay thanks to the voting public!


  • 4. ruth72  |  November 20, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Brilliant!! I agree with you about Jo Brand and John Sergeant – suspicious how you never see them in a room together!



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