P Posted by Sandra on December 10 2011 0 Comments Dougie Poynter, I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here
  1. This week marks a peak in the annual reality TV calendar signposted as it is at one end by the I’m a Celeb final (last Saturday) and the X Factor final (last weekend.) All that public-voting-to-keep-your-favourite-in at last bears fruit.
    And, while we all know from experience that the ‘winners’ may not come away with anything more lasting than a contract to peddle hoisin duck lollipops during next year’s ad break (in the case of the former) and a tilt at the Christmas charts (in the case of the latter), the results of the respective votes do at least tell us something interesting about the TV viewing masses.

    Where the watching millions are concerned, nice still wins it every time.

    Dougie Poynter, who walked away with the Celeb crown and wooden sceptre, came across as a sound lad.

    Who knows if he is really the St Dougie of McFly as the show’s editing made him appear? But on our screens he seemed sweet and laid-back, a good sport with a kind heart – or at least a kind word for his fellow jungle residents. His main competition was Mark Wright, tanned airhead produce of The Only Way Is Essex, who also came across as surprisingly, engagingly personable.

    Out in the final rounds went Fatima Whitbread who we now learn was in it entirely for the pay cheque. Poignantly the former Olympian has since revealed that, as a widow with a young son to support, she needed the money to cover his school fees.

    In this instance the question of why any sane person would put themselves through Bushtucker humiliation comes down to that most moving of answers. A mother doing it for her boy.

    On screen there was a haunting sadness about Whitbread although her competitiveness and occasional pedantry led to clashes – in particular with fellow Alpha, Antony Cotton.

    The waspish but totally entertaining Cotton also fell at Celeb’s last fence – a victim of the truism that while the public loves a trier, not necessarily a trier who tries too hard.

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