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Sergeant’s lonely hearts club

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I was massively excited yesterday to read on guardian.co.uk that John Sergeant had quit Strictly Come Dancing. Breaking the news to our SCD-mad office was fun and if our office is anything to go by, It Takes Two will have had more viewers than the England game last night.
 
My verdict? I’ve liked Sergeant throughout the competition – it’s sad to realised how starved we are for people who are actually witty to be on TV and his humour, “I know the British people will save us” was entertaining – as were his dances. But his defence in the last week – “don’t the judges know the rules” etc etc had started to bug me – why couldn’t he say, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong but I realise why people are upset’, as obviously the standard of dancing between John and even Jodie or Christine is ever-widening. That refusal to actually acknowledge why a furore was starting was bizarre for a politcial correspondant – it’s like he was standing there saying ‘Yeah, I’m the ballroom equivalent of George W Bush’ and expecting everyone to like it.  Seems like he’s finally got fed up with the scrutiny and he’s right in saying the fun was gone and people were taking it too serious.
 
I don’t think the judges have bullied him – I think they were pretty consistent with the bad marks and critism (mostly not constructive) with all the contestants. I think the pressure on John has been created because it had got to a point where it was obvious not that John could win, but that he shouldn’t – the standard is too high this year and whilst entertaining is fun, amazing dancing is more so.
The hour long It takes two was most memorable for Brucie’s quote – “I’ve always wanted to be on Newsnight!”. Brian Fortuna continuting to comment on other presenter’s clothes, Kristina crying, James Jordan calling Sergeant selfish and Claudia mentioning she’d been one-sided on Monday’s show. In the end it was much more exciting than the shin-dig in Berlin.
Anwyay, he’s back for a farewell dance on Saturday, let’s hope it’s a jive?
 
 
Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe
 
Why wasn’t this better promoted? Another brilliant show tackling the UKs version of High School Musical, Britannia High, complete with a number from Charlie about toilet paper. The highlight for me has to be the montage of clips from Paul Ross’ Big Black Book of Horror, which whilst it was incomprehensibly bad, at least reassures us that someone is bringing in the bacon this Christmas for the Ross family.
Stuart Clarke/Rex Features, guardian.co.uk

Photograph: Stuart Clarke/Rex Features, guardian.co.uk

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Written by Victoria

November 20, 2008 at 12:59 pm