It’s All Over
Friday, 23 January 2009
WTF? WTF? WTF?
Well, that’s killed it. It’s over. Finished. If Ulrika is the winner, then reality TV is no longer a morality tale, no longer a chance to reward the good and evict the bad, no longer the modern way of showing that bravery, kindness and honesty are still the values we treasure. It’s no longer about identifying the nicest person and congratulating them for it.
I’m not saying she’s a bad person. I’m sure she’s fine. In fact I feel sorry for her - I bet she’ll come out to some booing, because she doesn’t have the popularity of a normal winner, because she hasn’t done the normal Good Things, and that’s not her fault. It’s not her fault she’s won. Something has gone bizarre and tits-up in the voting. She just isn’t a winner. Within the confines of that little world, she whined and complained, she took herself too seriously, she demanded to be centre of attention, took obvious pleasure in the eviction of others, and she sobbed “This is going to break me” as if taking £175k to spend a couple of weeks in a nice warm catered house was like being interned at Dachau. Meanwhile, LaToya was gracious and gentle; Coolio slogged his guts out to be funny and entertaining; Verne was lovable and admirable; Terry kept his cool, remembered his sense of humour, was honest with everyone without being rude to anyone, and displayed all the qualities of a winner.
But Ulrika? Ulrika? It doesn’t make sense. I admit, I’ve missed quite a lot of this series because I’ve been in and out of the country; did she save a kitten from drowning in one of the episodes I didn’t see? Did she throw herself on a fire to save someone else? Did she take a stand against bullying? Maybe I missed all that; whenever I tuned in she was complaining, crying, stirring up trouble or taking offence. That’s not what people like, it’s not what people vote for. Have we lost our value system overnight? I think that’s killed it. Not the success of the show - it’ll probably go on to further successes, and there may yet be great series in the future to compete with the magical Barrymore / Galloway / Lenska triumph of 2006. But the joy of the fable is over and buried for me.
Or the whole thing is a massive fix, or a total cock-up on the phone lines.
In which case, that’s killed it anyway.