Sunday, 7 November 2010

Sergeant and Widdicombe the dream team!

Celebrity dancing on television seems to be all the rage - again! The first few in the series I found to be quite enjoyable. Then came the "Dashing John Sergeant" (not to be confused with the Dashing White Sergeant a Scottish folk dance, performed to a similarly titled piece of music) who would eventually quit strictly come dancing. The popular doddery old contestant pulled out, following a bit of a trumped up storm over his continuing success.

John Sergeant said in a statement: "I am sorry to say I have decided to leave. It was always my intention to have fun on the show and I was hoping to stay in as long as possible. The trouble is that there is now a real danger that I might win the competition. Even for me that would be a joke too far."

However, the program makers soon realised they were now onto a winner. "The lame duck contestant". They needed someone who did not have a snowball in hell's chance to win. Unless, they have either a lot of presence and personality or a complete lack of either. These underdogs were the ones who would capture the public's imagination and ring (ker-ching) the phone-lines to vote.

Today, as you do, I came across a Ronald Searle “St Trinnians” cartoon titled "Come on girls give it some magic" and as soon as I saw it - the doyenne of the Palace of Westminster, lame duck and dancer extraordinare, Ann Widdecombe MP came instantly to mind.

As the late Joyce Grenfell (also of St Trinnians fame) once sang "Stately as a Galleon, she sailed across the floor, doing the military two step as in the days of yore" However, in Ann Widdecombe's case she sailed over the floor with all the grace and poise of a dead duck!


So, will this series "lame duck" Ann Widdecombe, be pushed by the public or will she jump?

I expect for the next series of strictly come dancing, that Sergeant and Widdicombe could easily be placed together as the the viewers dream team.


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