I had to watch it as I'm doing a review for the Daily Mail this week. I hardly ever watched in the past as I don't like watching me.... So I went to where Christiane would normally watch DOI with friends. Guinness, crisps, notebook and pencil at the ready.. let the show begin.
It was a bit bizarre and a fun time for me / us. Pat and Sarah and Christiane and Tiger and me 'watching' the show together - as opposed to them watching me being in it and me 'being in it'. Actually Tiger didn't watch he proceeded to position himself carefully in the way of me watching the screen - just by accident as he looked at something else...! Mummy can you take him... he knows how to push my buttons Bless him. Thankfully he passed out half way through and slept soundly through second half.
Brilliant to not be 'emotionally attached' and have a more detached view. Great therapy and it would have made a funny webcam slot - I had my audience - of 3 (my son was asleep) in fits of laughter or with - Ooh aahs... I see... at times. Pat, who normally leaves this gathering to go and play games on the computer stayedto watch as 'It's interesting to hear what you really think." The show for me was in their living room - how funny - you had to be there. We are having 2,000 guests next week... sign up now - Only kidding... I made me feel valued anyway - good for the soul.
The world was absolutely distraught that I was not there on the show and I was flooded with messages - two texts and one phone call :)
The time went quickly. My marks differed from Robin's at times I was more with Jason - who was very restrained. Lots of thoughts - perhaps I'll start to blog them. I texted Robin - who was looking great - to tell him so and send love to certain former colleagues there..
Some bottom lines - judging panel is too light, Karen's role contrived and just doesn't work, set is huge and impressive but layout change is half completed - big cave in middle of set - either have judges in it or have a logo or something... Set doesn't show audience enough and give intimacy which was there before (Christiane's comment) . Where are Simon's 'scores on the doors. Simon Latus provided the scoring system - it gave drama - it's a budget cut! Mistake in my opinion.... (((addition Monday afternoon - I was wrong on this scores still there - just didn't notice! - glad Simon still employed-N)))
'It's safe - tension has gone." - was Christiane's comment. Everyone has time to speak - great for judges, but Emma bit exposed in that place in first show. Marks out a ten - a throw away line from Phillip - Why? - loose unique positioning of a 6.0 also less increments for judges - Robin got stuck with 4 couples on 5 because he didn't go low enough on lowest ability skater score - I think...
Golly I was good with my marks my quips and contributions and Jason - you would be pleased to know I could actually heard what you were saying and was answering to that.
So... I have lots more but must save for Daily Mail!
Show one of series started - have we started or is this the prequel?... Reviews will be made things will be tightened and adjustments made.
My what a freedom to be able to speak and not be contractually hidebound to not... The key thing for me would be the good of the show and not to knock down. It is a fun entertaining show, with excellent production values and it wizzes past - particularly when scrolling through on the Sky Box thingymajig...
Back to work - I'm not being paid to be on Dancing On ice so mustn't waste time on it.
Ha - in my world, the world of my mind 'The show would be better with me in it!" Then the tension would be back a bit - Karen's role needs to be tweaked or sit her on the panel (a conflict of interest but then this is entertainment) - then DOI would rock and roll more. And - as the competition hasn't started yet there's still time to get me on that panel. ITV you have my number... :) There again in the real world...
Change is good - ... stop Slater stop or they'll be nothing left for Daily Mail...