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BBC1 were scrap­ing the bar­rel for con­tes­tants on Let’s Dance for Sport Re­lief. Ava Vi­dal? ‘Ave a word. Ava ( right) is a co­me­dian, ap­par­ently. The only laugh in her rou­tine came when the di­rec­tor un­wisely cut to a shot of the judg­ing panel. Talk about stony faces. I’ve seen jol­lier look­ing ju­ries in a mur­der trial.

Speak­ing of which, host Alex Jones con­tin­ued to drown ev­ery gag at birth.

She was par­tic­u­larly flum­moxed by judge Vic Reeves, whose sur­real hu­mour was not just on a dif­fer­ent wave­length, but an en­tirely dif­fer­ent tech­nol­ogy.

Her try­ing to un­der­stand his jokes was like a con­fused pen­sioner try­ing to pick up Ra­dio 2 on a toaster.

Bizarrely, co-host Steve Jones did sev­eral links with one hand around her neck. Nice idea, pal, but you are sup­posed to use both.

Steve was also gripped, but not around the neck, by Shame­less ac­tress Alice Barry. He called her a “na­tional trea­sure” and she went straight for his crown jew­els.

The heat was de­servedly won by Eddie “The Ea­gle” Ed­wards, who did the Austin Pow­ers Soul Bossa Nova.

As a ski-jumper, Eddie is used to a plum­met­ing sen­sa­tion.

Af­ter that per­for­mance, so is Ava Vi­dal.

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