What to say if you liked it
After a week of terrible news, it’s so nice of ITV1 to give us a mindless music show to take our mind off things
What to say if you disliked it
What was good about it?
• The cruel practical joke played on gullible Peter Andre, getting him to sing a Barry White song to add another chapter to his history of humiliation. It was possibly the most appalling TV performance of the year and even managed to stand out among some lamentable efforts on this show.
• Javine’s version of I’m Coming Out. Release it immediately. It was great, as was that skimpy yellow number she wore and a couple of the dancers who pranced around her.
• Jo O’Meara’s Young Hearts Run Free was good – and possibly the only live performance of the night
What was bad about it?
• The peppering of ITV1 soap stars throughout the programme. Is it in their contracts that the minute they stop acting, they have to come up with a banal sentence or two to slot in to programmes like this? We did enjoy one contribution, though: camp Matthew Bose from Emmerdale explaining his love of Steps.
• The Emmerdale trollops’ trashing Car Wash
• Ben Shephard trying too hard – especially with that shameless John Travolta impression.
• Gloria Gaynor with no Afro – and no skaters sashaying around during I Will Survive (a song, Ben informed us, that has “been recorded a colossal 213 times”)
• John Barrowman’s terrible arrangement of Night Fever
• Anthony Costa’s soulless Love Really Hurts Without You (His Singing Really Hurts Without Blue)