Did we like it?
We love this show. It was the TV sensation of 2007 and should pack a big punch again this year.
What was good about it?
• Ant and Dec remain on top form, especially when winding up the woeful wannabes and ridiculing Simon Cowell’s more pompous pronouncements.
• Simon Cowell huffing and puffing, berating the “indulgent rubbish” and delivering realistic verdicts. He’s still the only judge that anyone cares about.
• The quality of the acts. Iona the contortionist was amazing (but we’re not sure we’d need to see her twist her body again); Craig Harper, (34? You sure) doing an energetic, cruelly funny parody of Boyzone; Kate and her dog called Gin, dancing to the James Bond theme (first time ever we’ve been captivated by a dog act); and, best of all, Andrew from Carlisle, the bullied boy who made us cry with his supersweet Pie Jesu.
• The extract of We’re All In This Together (great tune) from High School Musical during the segment showing choirs and dance troupes.
What was bad about it?
• We think ITV has made a mistake by not stripping this year’s series over consecutive nights. That made it a real TV event with momentum last year. Weekly broadcasts will diminish that effect.
• Ant and Dec’s needless helicopter trip, adding to their carbon footprint for no reason.
• Bragging about the discovery of Paul Potts. We can’t stand the man who deprived baton-twirling Craig Womersley of his rightful win last year.
• Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden establishing their lack of credibility right from the start by giving yes votes to the Welsh weirdo and his appalling reworking of the Star Wars theme on an electronic organ.
• Simon Cowell coming over all man-of-the-people with his pronouncement that “there’s too much London snobbery” when praising northern comic Craig who reminded us of Keith Harris with bad highlights.
• The obligatory ridicule of people our mothers would call “one of life’s unfortunates”. Singer Donald and bed-of-nails pensioner Joan fell into this unseemly category.