Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

Making Money On The Sofa (3)

Sunday, 21 September 2008

A word of warning about Strictly Come Dancing: the results of this show don’t quite follow standard reality betting rules. The talent is a properly significant factor. So, where John Serjeant (funny, sweet, absolutely adorable in his VT interviews last night) would lock up Celebrity Big Brother or I’m A Celebrity from the first moment - and his personality will certainly keep him safe for a few weeks - he is not guaranteed victory here. If he dances reasonably well, he has a huge character advantage. But if not, this is a show on which he could get pipped (or even trounced) by duller, less likable people who master the steps perfectly.

  Meanwhile, I’m surprised to see the auditions stage of X Factor come to a close without seeing an obvious winner. Maybe the winner has not been shown on screen yet? Based on what we’ve seen so far, it’s Daniel Evans the single father.

  If you didn’t watch Strictly Come Dancing last night, you missed a beautiful Alan Partridge moment where Craig Revel Horwood actually told Don Warrington from Rising Damp, in all seriousness: “Of course, you have natural rhythm.”

  The hilarious thing was that

(a) you could tell, half a second into the sentence, that Horwood knew he was about to make a mistake, but decided valiantly to press on with the statement anyway.

(b)  Don Warrington does not have natural rhythm. John Barnes – who started his Strictly journey a couple of years ago dancing fluidly and gracefully but with no technical grasp of the steps – has natural rhythm. Don Warrington (who I really hope doesn’t go out first tonight, but I’m nervous for him) was clumsy and out of time. There was just no basis for the observation. Horwood might as well have said, “Of course, you’re black.”

  Nevertheless, I will forgive Craig Revel Horwood anything. He might be a bit mean, superior, rude to the contestants – but you’ve got to love him when you’ve seen this.

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Ali at 3:06 am on September 22nd, 2008

Mr channing must get away from being in the red….buy him a black top… the Poker Den proved that the Grosvenor has the brains and the power.

Andrew Ryan at 10:01 pm on September 25th, 2008

I know this is off topic. But I’ve got to know what you thought of this Giles-related video:

It is honestly the funniest thing I’ve seen on the internet all year.

Victoria Coren at 12:09 am on September 26th, 2008

Ah yes… You want to scroll down to the thread “My brother’s in trouble again”. This link is already in the comments there, along with another link to a charming song on the same topic…

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