18 November 2008
We tuned in with baited breath last night to see what Cherie and James had to say after being knocked out of this weekend's Strictly Come Dancing. Cherie was good but she was struggling with the Latin dances and she probably wouldn't have improved enough to get much farther, even without "the John Sergeant factor". She and James danced well together, though. I had never really taken to James, had found him arrogant, in past competitions. But with Cherie he seemed nicer. It was also great to see an older woman holding her own out on that dance floor!
Re "the John factor": It amazes me that John is still in there given his lack of dance talent. He's a sweet guy and you'd be happy to take a turn with him at a wedding or something but... come on. I'll stick to my position that it isn't fair, no matter how entertaining he is, to keep him in there. What do celebrities get for staying in, any way? Are they paid more? Are the professional dancers paid more? The Boyfriend (who I love more than coffee) pointed out that the rules are "judges fifty percent, public votes fifty percent", but the BBC doesn't publish the statistics. Yes, let's see those statistics! Why can't we see the public vote? We get to see the judges' vote, after all.