Stars in their Eyes Celebrity Duets, ITV1

by | Dec 24, 2005 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

It featured Claire Sweeney.

What was good about it?

• It was classic ITV Light Entertainment, complete with a set straight from the 1980s, a crowd enjoying themselves more than you would expect and the glitzy, man-faced Cat Deeley. Does it get any better?

• Paul Daniels’ and Debbie McGhee’s energetic, wonderfully ‘variety show’ performance as Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. Real effort from two people who know the business backwards.

• Colin & Justin did Robson & Jerome, but thankfully spared us yet another version of Unchained Melody. Although watching those two sculpting a clay pot might have been interesting.

What was bad about it?

• The opening few shots revealed that Claire Sweeney was among the ‘celebrities’. Our hearts sank so low they got stuck in our colons.

• We’re sorry, but the ridiculous clapping after the first line of every song has always been annoying and pointless, is still annoying and pointless and always will be annoying and pointless.

• The whole idea of the show was a little flawed – why is it more interesting to see celebrities have Stars in their Eyes than ‘normal’


• Matthew Wright was in it. With Vanessa Feltz. As Rene and Renata. It was like watching a warped version of Richard & Judy.

• Colin & Justin as Robson & Jerome: so, here we had two celebs impersonating two actors impersonating real singers. All we need is for French & Saunders to impersonate Colin & Justin impersonating Robson & Jerome impersonating real singers and the whole of showbiz will implode on itself leaving only the Discovery Channel and assorted softcore porn channels.

• Colin & Justin won. As usual, the song the audience originally liked most wins, rather than the best actual performance. So we had to watch it again. When will the evil spectre of Robson & Jerome’s singing career ever stop haunting us?

• Afterwards, we felt dirty for watching what was essentially televised karaoke with wigs.

Luke Knowles

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