They’re dancing; they’re stuck in a house; they’re cooking; they’re in a jungle; they’re on a farm; they’re wrestling; they’re cutting hair; they’re singing…is there anything left for zelebrities to do? Actually yes. ITV2 scratched around and found something…Celeb Air. This reality show will follow a group of – excuse my French – celebrities as they take on a variety of roles associated with being airline employees. Hear that? No? Well slant your head slightly….it’s the sound of a barrel being scraped.
So who signed up? Well there’s Neighbours actor Dan O’Connor. Heard of him? He was an Australian Idol winner and he plays Ned Parker in Neighbours. Ring a bell? No? Well, don’t worry. He’s hardly Jason Donovan. Then there’s X Factor star Chico Slimani. My mum doesn’t remember who won X Factor 2007, but she remembers Chico. And get this, he’s arguably one of Zeleb Air’s bigger stars.
Ex-Blazin’ Squad member Kenzie is also taking part. Big Brother fans will recall his appearance in the third instalment of the Celebrity edition. However, I’m into rap so I knew him first as part of Blazin’ Squad – the UK rappers that murdered Bone Thugs-n-Harmony classic Tha Crossroads. In addition there’s American-born Brit Amy Lame (she’s a radio/TV presenter), former Hear’say has-been member Johnny Shentall, ex-Steps star and fame desperado Lisa Scott-Lee, fab singer but lousy fashion adviser Mica Paris, haggard former It Girl and socialite Tamara Beckwith, glamour model Michelle Marsh (who?), comedian Phil Cornwell and finally – So Solid Crew’s main female performer Lisa Maffia. Well, if MC Harvey and Asher D (now familiar as acclaimed actor Ashley Walters) can make the move away from So Solid, so can Lisa – but why this show Lisa? WHY?!
Yes, OK – it’s ITV2 and yes it hasn’t aired yet. But come on! Even for a reality show – this sounds really daft. What I find especially irksome is that ITV found room in their schedule for this inane pap, but not for Redgrave’s Raw Recruits. For the unaware, five times Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave attempted to turn a squad of inner city Liverpool youngsters into top class rowers. They became known as the ‘Liverpool 8’ and their story formed part of a truly inspirational documentary. The search for recruits began way back in 2005 and included the shiftless, the aimless and the severely disadvantaged (one youth was the son of a heroin addict and he himself was facing prison).
The programme should’ve aired in 2006 but it finally premiered this summer. Two years later. One theory advanced for the disgraceful delay centres around the lads’ failure – by three seconds – to qualify for the Henley Royal Regatta. Maybe ITV wanted the Rocky II ending and the underdog finally winning. Who knows? However, in a summer where Britannia ruled the waves at the Beijing Olympics, ITV missed the boat shoving this onto ITV4 instead of giving it pride of place on ITV1. It’s flogging primetime flops that nobody wants to watch – the likes of Harley Street and yawn-inducing Trinny and Susannah tripe – but Redgrave’s Raw Recruits got such a raw deal. Shame on them.
Today I am mostly lovin’ – The BBC’s Olympic coverage was fantastic and Adrian Chiles was on top form, I thought.
Today I am mostly hatin’ – Omigod. That London Olympic Handover party on BBC1 was beyond cringy. McFly slaughtering Abba? Scouting For Girls mullering The Clash? Sophie Ellis-Bextor sounding like a cat being run over as she warbled The Spy Who Loved Me? Claudia Winkleman insisting (every handover) that it was all ‘fantastic’? An embarrassment.
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