Baby Ballroom: The Championship, ITV1

by | Jul 28, 2007 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

Proof that this talent show lark isn’t an endless source of TV gold.

What was good about it?

• The enthusiasm of the kids – most of them looking disturbingly freakish – as they pasa dobled, foxtrotted etc across the dancefloor while squeezed into outfits and grinning as if their lives depended on it.

• Judge Bonnie Langford who simply enjoyed herself and passed on useful advice.

What was bad about it?

• It’s not fair that precious (and often precocious) children are put through the “emotional rollercoaster” of being judged on primetime TV. They should be dancing for the fun of it, not so that Doris from Doncaster can fork out another 50p to have her twopenn’th worth.

• Most of the performances looked as if wind-up dolls has been unleashed for two minutes of whizzing around before the clockwork ran down.

• Prepubescent girls in make-up. No thanks. What are their parents, sitting weeping in the audience, thinking?

• Presenter Kate Thornton is as bland as ever, but finds herself outblanded by Ray Quinn (famous for rather creepy renditions of swing songs on The X Factor – and as Brookie’s killer kid).

• Judge Pierre “legendary” Dulaine who looks like an expensively enhanced version of Dave Spikey wrapped in clingfilm.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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