Viewer Of The Year, ITV1

by | Dec 30, 2006 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

With Kate Thornton presenting, how could we? But it was a lot pacier and more entertaining than those boring Test The Nation endurance tests with Anne Robinson.

What was good about it?

• The questions weren’t all easy (except for the ones where money-grabbing ITV tried to get viewers to part with their money). But they only ranged, as Thornton informed us, “from Deal Or No Deal to Dancing On Ice” so most decent, quality programmes didn’t get a look in.

• The ironic way in which Jason Donovan, Myleene Klass and Ricky Tomlinson showed off the prizes on offer. Shame that was the only irony of the night. Everything else was done with gushing sincerity (all carefully rehearsed)

• The use of the single of the year (David Guetta Vs The Egg’s Love Don’t Let Me Go) during the montage of the year’s “best” TV moments.

• There were a few clips we hadn’t seen including Sadie King’s smoking stomach wound on Emmerdale and Ricky Tomlinson with his doppelganger on Countdown.

• Jack P Shepherd (aka David Platt) was having a good hair day and was the most entertaining of all the guests who popped in to face a grilling from Thornton

What was bad about it?

• The noisy, over-exuberant audience.

• The contestants were an ugly, usually obese lot, which doesn’t say a lot about us TV fans. We did, however, like the style of the Corrie fan who held a wake for Alma and laid on a buffet

• When Thornton claimed that Jason Donovan was “sounding as good as ever” – he performed Any Dream Will Do, accompanied by Myleene Klass (with a black snooker ball on one finger) – we knew she was in full-on luvvie mode. It was rubbish.

• Thornton’s forced laughter

• Chantelle looking incredibly ugly which makes us even angrier that she’ll be spending 2007 in Preston’s arms and we won’t.

Luke Knowles

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