Comic Relief Does Fame Academy, BBC1

by | Mar 3, 2007 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

It may be yet ANOTHER celeb reality show in already over-crowded year, yet we can’t help but like Fame Academy: it’s probably the only singing competition in which the contestants aren’t conspicuously trying to further their career or land a record deal (with perhaps one exception in this series). Saying that, the format was tired and at times laborious for those watching at home (13 contestants singing one after another with no breaks) and we can’t bear to see Patrick Kielty cling on to his undeserved career anymore.

The presenters

Claudia Winkleman. We’re over the moon that the Beeb has finally seen sense and given her a primetime presenting slot. She was a thoroughly more likable and sincere host than predecessor Cat Deeley and thank God we didn’t have to put up with fright fest Fearne Cotton anywhere. Claudia’s giggling while interviewing was endearing rather than annoying and let’s face it, her fringe was fabulous.

Patrick Kielty. Forget Lord Lucan, one of this country’s biggest ever mysteries is why this turgid presenter is still managing to appear on TV screens across the nation. About as amusing as drilling teeth.

The judges

Richard Park. Still able to use a contestant’s performance to bore us to tears over his ‘amazing past’ with musicians (last night we were told of his ‘friend’ Marc Bolan whom he used to play basketball with), Richard is definitely no Simon Cowell and even the studio audience seem to be tired of booing him now.

Lesley Garrett. Fabulous as always.

Craig Reville-Hall. Became extremely animated when contestant Fred threw his pants at him. Is it acceptable                to see a choreographer sniff men’s underwear at 7pm?

The contestants

Linda Robson. ‘Sang’ I Will Survive like a dinner lady out on the lash and pretty much danced like one.

Colin Murray. We most definitely would but his respectable performance of Teenage Kicks was negated by the constant whoops from irritating colleague Edith Bowman,

Zoe Salmon. Stunning and rather charming unlike her Dog & Duck karaoke rendition of the Aloud’s Love Machine.

Ray Stubbs. So dull we can’t be bothered to finish this sentence.

Miranda Hart. We absolutely love Miranda in programmes like Lead Balloon and Nighty Night but her try-hard ‘zany’ antics became rather embarrassing by the end of Crazy Crazy Nights. Very similar to Cleo Rocos’ desperate efforts to be funny in the Big Brother house, she deservedly ended up in the bottom three.

Barry from EastEnders. Obviously hoping to be recognised for a fairly decent voice, Barry also unfortunately                resembled Baron Greenback from Dangermouse.

Angelica Bell. Was about as vigorous as someone sitting in a doctor’s waiting room.

Rowland Rivron. Wore comedy breasts to liven up an excruciating performance of Stand By Your Man, he was still booted out. A shame as Rowland could have been a fun pupil to watch.

Tara Palmer-Tompkinson. Ironically sang I’m Still Standing while looking like she was going to pass out in a swamp of sweat. This series’ car-crash contestant.

Fred Macaulay. Non-descript but won bonus points for wearing a kilt.

Mel Giedroyc – The Star Of The Show. Brilliantly entertaining and self-deprecating, Mel brightened up the programme just as it was starting to wane. One to watch in the academy and her performance made us want to petition Channel 4 to bring back Light Lunch immediately.

Tim Vine. Bland and forgettable enough to warrant a short stay in the competition.

Tricia Penrose (aka Please Let Me Release A Single). While admittedly sweet, Tricia is also a veteran of gatecrashing TV shows to ‘show off’ her mediocre voice. Probably a favourite with the grannies watching at home, she is also going to be rather trying for the rest of us as the weeks go by.

Luke Knowles

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