I really don’t like giving unwarranted page space to TV programmes like Strictly Come Dancing but I really think it’s about time someone of authority put some kind of terms and conditions on using the term ‘celebrity’. It wasn’t the programme itself that has brought this matter to a head rather a chat show interview with the recently-departed (only from Strictly) Nancy Dell’Olio.
Now I know most celebrities with an ounce of self-respect would rather eat their own toenails than appear on one of these talent shows, and that means that TV producers have to not only scrape the bottom barrel on occasion but also lift it to see what’s crawling underneath. But how far do you have to dig to find a woman whose only claim to fame is that fact that she once shared a bed with a womanising ex-England manager? When asked on the aforementioned chat show, she couldn’t even describe what she does in the real world! Admittedly, you have to make allowances for the fact that Ms Dell’olio is Italian but as she does most of her legal ‘work’ in the States, you would imagine she has at least a basic grasp of the English language. Though maybe not, as she did seem to struggle to understand even the basic concept of actually moving her feet in time to the music, something of a pre-requisite in a dance competition! Nancy, bless her, says she wants to continue dancing despite finally being given the boot by viewers – those more cruel than I would probably say they hadn’t realised she’d started yet!
The general consensus of opinion is that the competition will eventually evolve into a match between McFly drummer Harry Judd (2/1 with Boylesports, Ladbrokes and Skybet) and West End star Jason Donovan (11/5 with Victor Chandler), though our 8/1 advice Holly Vallance is still in there twirling. All those familiar with the film ‘Young Frankenstein’ will have already been comparing Audley Harrison’s performances to that of Gene Wilder’s tap-dancing monster and the former heavyweight boxer is a hot favourite at 5/6 with Ladbrokes to be the next voted off the show.