Did we like it?
We are happy to report this current incarnation of Popworld appears to be finding its feet at last.
What was good about it?
• The fantastic live performances: Nelly Furtado’s Promiscuous, The Guillemots’ Trains To Brazil and especially The Killers closing the show with When You Were Young.
• Co-presenter Alexa Chung has really come into her own. She is confident, charismatic, and seems to have become an expert in delivering tongue-in-cheek questions and deadpan comments. It’s no surprise the producers seem to be giving her all the interviews.
• The Automatic being given the chance to “live the dream” of becoming pig farmers. The band had to chase sows around using shepherd’s crooks, see cute little piglets and apply suntan lotion to a hog while Alexa informed them how to tell if a sow is pregnant and how to make the best crackling.
• The interview with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs was great fun. Singer Karen O confirmed the rumours that the album is a concept album about her cat Coco are untrue, and we love their new single Cheated Hearts.
• OK Go’s brilliant video for their new single Here It Goes Again, featuring the band messing about on treadmills.
What was bad about it?
• Alex Zane. He is very wooden, seems generally apathetic and his attempts at emulating Simon Amstell’s sarcastic style fall flat. The worst thing he did was try to be funny by dribbling a glob of foamy spit, which just looked disgusting. He is looking increasingly like a stooge, and the chemistry between him and Alexa is still non-existent.
• The Ordinary Boys’ Lonely At The Top, because it’s one of those awful “It’s so hard being famous” type of songs, and is especially grating given that the main reason for Preston’s current D-list celebrity status is him milking magazine deals and exclusive photoshoots with Chantelle.
• Razorlight’s rather dull new single America. It sounds as if the only reason they made it is in hope it’ll be included on the soundtrack to The OC.