Wine­house wows Strictly

The Jewish Chronicle - - Arts&entertainment -

APOP STAR bat­tling ad­dic­tion is­sues made a come­back on a prime-time fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment show last week­end and im­me­di­ately sparked con­cern that the re­hab had not gone so well.

The shock was that the pop star in ques­tion was not Amy Wine­house. For while a sweat­ing, bug-eyed Rob­bie Wil­liams was scar­ing view­ers of X-Fac­tor, Wine­house looked comfortable and com­posed on Strictly Come Danc­ing.

Singing back­ing vo­cals for her cuteas-a-but­ton god­daugh­ter Dionne Brom­field, Wine­house stood up (al­most straight), clicked her fin­gers and flung her arms about as she ooh, ooh-ed in front of an au­di­ence of 9.5 mil­lion ball­room dance fans.

OK, she was not mov­ing ex­actly in time to the mu­sic, and the burly male singers who flanked her looked a lit­tle too much like min­ders for com­fort. But for a woman whose past ex­cesses made Pete Do­herty look like Cliff Richard, this was a small step along the road back to the kind of pop­u­lar­ity she en­joyed a cou­ple of years ago.

And the mo­ment she flung her arms around her beam­ing god­daugh­ter and con­grat­u­lated her with a kiss was gen­uinely touch­ing, a re­minder the singer has still got some soul.

Rob­bie Wil­liams — please God by you.

JES­SICA ELGOT

Wine­house with host Bruce Forsyth

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