Congratulations to Abbey Clancy on winning Strictly and thank god that good sense prevailed and the best dancer won – well, one of the two best and the other one certainly wasn’t Susanna Reid. She was the bookies’ favourite and her popularity was a classic example of BBC nepotism mixed with a large measure of the Brits loving an underdog . When certain BBC news readers and other ‘nation treasure’ types (if ever a term was overused… ) do things like Strictly I’m always reminded of the analogy of a dog walking on its hind legs: it doesn’t matter if it’s done well – the marvel is that it’s done at all. OK – that’s my second dog reference – I promise I’ll stop now.
Seriously – it’s marvellous that women of a certain age who are normally beaten with the mumsy stick are given the chance to ‘not be invisible’ (fast becoming another well-worn phrase… ). However it’s a dance competition at the end of the day and letting somebody win through sympathy is patronising in the extreme.
I love Strictly – from Brucie‘s ancient cheesy routines to the endless gay innuendo – basically like a pantomime with high production values. And I think the whole subtext of the East-European-supreme-machine (we will do the job better and on time… ) dominating proceedings is fascinating. Is it time for a backlash though? Was it just coincidence that the ‘Kevin from Grimsby‘ pairing with Susanna Reid did so well? A Daily Mail wet dream coupling if ever there was one… ‘come on you plucky little triers – you may not be the best but at least you’re British’. And don’t even get me started on the incidents of possible racism in the voting but again that’s the British public for you…
So with the whole Daily Mail/Mumsnet/BBC Breakfast support behind Susanna Reid it’s even more of an achievement for Abbey Clancy – so well done again. A final thought – the Mail and the other Sundays of that ilk are probably quite relieved with the result as they didn’t have to make Susanna and Nigella compete for a cover story. I think that would have just been too much for them!