Phonecalls are going for a song
I NOW feel bad about slating week.
Being a cynical old hack I’d assumed this ITV1 celebrity soundalike show was nowt but a shoddy vehicle for premium rate phonelines. Well more fool me, eh?! It turns out they were on a far nobler mission than shaking down a few simpletons for their pocket money and pensions.
“We’re bringing back Saturday night telly!” whooped Matt Johnson at the end of last weekend’s grand finale.
Where they were bringing it back from, precisely, he did not say.
Because Saturday night telly is about the only thing ITV has been doing right in recent years.
The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, I’m A Celebrity…, Take Me Out, Ant and Dec’s Takeaway.
first All these shows do exactly what Saturday night telly is supposed to: bring all the family around the box for a daft dollop of good clean fun.
But while YFSF had its moments – Alexander Armstrong doing Susan Boyle was a mustsee – these were drowned in an ocean of self-indulgent celebrity schlock.
Most of Saturday’s final was given over to the celebs telling us what a great time they’d had, like we give a sh*t, with Cheryl Fergison weeping every five minutes.
Chins up, luv, only four months ’til panto season.
Then there was the killer blow of the additional round, in which the four finalists were allowed to choose their own act to imitate.
After weeks of being forced to perform outside their comfort zones – occasionally with moderately amusing results – they all dashed for the safety of the dullest karaoke standards.
So, Cheryl Fergison did Adele’s Someone Like You (Someone Likes Food), Matt Johnson did Robbie’s Let Me Entertain You (well, there’s a first time for everything), Alexander Armstrong did your pissed uncle doing Frank Sinatra and Natalie Anderson did Mariah Cary on a giant swing, which was appropriate because she sounded like her in a roundabout way. Natalie won, if you care. Not that such things matter, according to Matt, who insisted the show’s other noble aim was “raising awareness of our charities”.
I guess that is why they asked Natalie to talk about her charity after winning. Next year they might even turn her microphone on.
Still, what can you do about technical hitches? At least those irrelevant and entirely incidental premium rate phone lines still worked...