Did we like it?
We watched this new Saturday night entertainment show fully expecting to come up with a cleverdick one-word review – “Never” – but we ended up loving it.
What was good about it?
• Certainly not the premise – member of the public gets the chance to make an announcement to a loved one via a tacky song and dance routine in a public place – but the programme struck lucky with its subject – Alex Cowan, the only sweet-natured Glaswegian who looks like a slightly chubby David Beckham
• Phillip Schofield avoided naffness in his presentation and it added to the show when he got more and more emotionally involved in Alex’s extravagant proposal to his girlfriend Angela.
• The look on Angela’s face when Alex turned to her on a canal boat and started singing A Million Love Songs
• The look on Angela’s face… when other passengers joined in… when the boat stopped and Alex took to a stage at Camden Lock … when Alex cavorted with 60 dancers …when she was whisked on to the stage to receive Alex’s proposal
• We loved the experts – choreographer Leigh Miles and vocal coach Mary Hammond
What was bad about it?
• We fear this may herald a spate of feelgood shows. No, thanks. We don’t want to turn soft.
• A Million Love Songs is only slightly less appalling than Angels
• The song and dance number was cringeworthy but we’ll forgive Alex as the man did get his girl
• We cried a bit and failed to convince our partner that it was a touch of hay fever