Celebrity Big Brother 2012 – A Coleen Sweep?

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat” – Genesis 3:6

“If […]

The X Factor and product placement – ASDA didn’t pay for Jahmene VT publicity

The prominence of certain well-known national chains in the first X Factor audition episode raised some eyebrows in our comments section. “I wonder how much Nandos paid for all the plugs?”, said Nugg apropos Sheyi Omatayo, whose pre-performance chat with the judges was essentially a listing of condiments. About the starring role of ASDA in […]

Celebrity Big Brother 2012 – Are you Lone Sam tonight?

Well it has been a rip-roaring emotional rollercoaster of a half week. Here are some of the things I have learnt in the last few days:

– The fact that nobody wanted to vote for Cheryl Fergison’s crunch.

– The expressions ‘jumping ship’ and ‘life and soul of the party’ (“As we say in America” […]

X Factor Audition Show 2: Indie do well?

Is this a blip or a trend? Last night X Factor heavily featured two more singer-songwriters performing their own material. With Lucy Spraggan and James Arthur joining Ella Henderson at single-figure prices in places, three of the current top six in the betting auditioned with fully or partly original tunes. The other to make waves […]

Celebrity Big Brother 2012 – A Royal Flush?

Ding dong the bitch is dead! Such was the theme of this week’s first elimination as the mad-as-a-box-of-frogs Jasmine Lennard became the first expulsion from the Celebrity Big Brother bowel. Her eviction was to be expected but the crowd’s rather positive reaction to Rhian’s name was something of a surprise. Whilst I don’t imagine the […]

Celebrity Big Brother 2012 – The Housemates (And All That Jas)

And no sooner have our civilian darlings departed in a blaze of (almost) glory than a new batch of superstars has arrived to take their urine-soaked places. It can only be Celebrity Big Brother come to prove that the barely-famous are at least twice as crazy and half as ethically minded as the not-at-all-famous. Let’s […]

X Factor 2012 Audition Show 1: One Ella-va pimping

This time tomorrow you will be watching an audition so awe-inspiring it could conceivably change your concept of entertainment…

This is what X Factor promised us on Friday. With hype like that, it’s no surprise that Saturday’s show left our commenters feeling underwhelmed. Curtis called the show “rubbish”, Boki found it “mediocre”. Like Nuggs, however, […]

X Factor 2012: Audition shows preview

The audition shows are upon us! This is where characters are established, journeys foreshadowed, and narrative arcs set in motion – and we get our first clues about what producers may be hoping for this series. The first female soloist winner since Alexandra Burke, perhaps, as Dan surmises in the comments to our rumours round-up […]