Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Stop Judging the Judges

You may remember a while back, that I blogged around the subject of Strictly Come Dancing, and the fuelled debate over Alesha Dixon’s replacement of Arlene Philips. Following on from the media hype which was generated months ago, the actual arrival of Alesha on our screens this weekend seems to have caused an even bigger stir, resulting in an obscene amount of media and consumer backlash!

Whilst the BBC received over 500 complaints, and an online petition began to campaign for Arlene’s return, the breakfast team at Kiss FM, coupled with contestant Natalie Cassidy and Craig Revel Horwood vowed to stand by the Strictly winner, insisting that her previous experience as a dancer really was extremely valuable. They insisted Alesha was a wonderful relief to the new contestants and that viewers ought to stop judging her before she’s even had her chance to shine!


Whilst Alesha may not have a background in musical theatre in the same way that Arlene did, let’s be honest…does Cheryl Cole’s short lived celebrity stardom really give her the authority to be dictating who has the X Factor in music?? Despite this, the panel of ITV judges including Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh provides sufficient expertise in the industry, enabling favourites like Cheryl and Danni to add a breath of fresh air to the show. So with the likes of Australian dancer Craig Revel Horwood, British professional dance judge Len Goodman and choreographer Bruno Tonioli on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing panel of judges, isn’t it about time we had someone different to shake up the mix?


Furthermore, since when was the Hoff (who featured on the panel of America’s Got Talent) considered to be a qualified talent spotter??
Isnt it about time, that we stopped judging the judges, and started focusing on the job at hand…the contestants!

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