Honey G – WHY?

Why is Honey G so popular? She is not. Everyone hates her. She is not a singer and she has no aspirations to be a musician. She has no heart in music or performing. All of her performances consist of her “rapping” – it isn’t really rapping, it is more like rambling out of time to the music and then occasionally shouting “When I say Honey, you say G” before more rambling. She looks like your auntie wanted to look cool and “hip” and pretend to be a rapper so all of the kids think she is cool but she would be embarrassing.

I am convinced that the show has been fixed in her favour. The way I see it, the name Honey G generates so much media attention – the woman you love to hate – and the intention is to bring more publicity and viewership for X Factor. She won’t win but they will keep her in as long as possible until the final stages so they can vote her out for a more “serious” winner.

Every year, Simon Cowell and the judges always insist it is a serious music competition intended to find the next big talented singer but as we all can see, that has never really been the case. This year, the judges have even been praising Honey G (What!!!) when the majority of viewers and even celebrities voice their dislike of her! Nobody can take her seriously and nobody can be voting for her seriously! Last weekend, Honey G was in the bottom two. Finally, we all thought that this was her time to go. There is no way that any other contestant who can sing better (not hard, she doesn’t sing) can be voted out…what?! WHAT?! The judges voted to keep her in!!?? If I was Ryan I would be feeling very sad/angry at the moment.

If the show isn’t fixed as ITV seem to maintain, I say everyone should vote for her, just to mess with Simon Cowell. I have had enough – the show is a joke. Let her win, make a mockery of the show, release her Christmas single (said to written by Ed Sheeran this year – can’t wait to see how that will pan out), flop, make Cowell a laughing stock and end the show forever. The end.

The Apprentice 2016

Is anyone still watching The Apprentice? And if so, is anyone still enjoying it? I have been a regular viewer but I feel like the format is getting stale now. It is always the same tasks every year – design and market a new product (this year jeans), make and sell your own food (this year spending time in the kitchen making sweets), find a list items, at least one of them unknown, and negotiate for lowest price (spending the early hours of the morning looking for a tagine in London). As always, the tasks don’t actually matter because Lord Sugar only cares about THE BUSINESS PLAN in the end, which makes watching the whole process pointless!

This years’ candidates have to be the worst ever. Normally in each series, there are a few candidates who look like they are worthy and work impressively but this year, they are all completely useless! There are no shining stars at all, given that we are 7 weeks in. They are  all stupid, dishonest, passing-the-buck and egotistical. It makes it painful to watch each week, and it is not even entertaining any more, just boring.

If these are supposed to be the top of the crop of businessmen and women, what does that say about our country? The Apprentice is tired, dull and boring. Change the format or give it a rest.

Spooky Come Dancing

This week’s Halloween show saw some new favourites emerging, and some scary dances from others.

Georgina found herself at the top of the leaderboard (new week, new leader) and rightly so. Her dances are getting stronger each week.

Jay’s American Smooth was cool and Helen’s samba was clever. Although the judges raved about Kellie’s Paso Doble, I thought it was overrated. Perhaps due to the theme/music, it felt frantic and messy to watch.

Anita’s waltz was hauntingly beautiful, and I become impressed with Gleb’s choreography every week. It feels very different, very new to the show, and I like how the story merged with the dance. I did feel that they were undermarked by the judges, again! A 6 Craig?!

Jeremy isn’t the strongest dance but I really liked his “salsa” on Saturday. The Thriller elements are possibly the best dancing he has done to date.

I really want Anton to win or finish highly this year (he has never had the best of luck in SCD histoty) but for the second week running, Katie’s dance received negative feedback. I did feel it was worth more that 21 but I was disappointed. There was a lack of fire and conviction, and a lot of hesitiation in dancing the steps. Was the Viennese Waltz just a fluke or can they pull it back next week?

Kirsty was left in the dance off with Jamelia, and lost her place in the compeitition. I guess this was the right decision – Kirsty had the worst dance of the night. Even though she had the mistake, her Charleston felt very heavy and uninspired.

Bottom two next week? Jamelia – I feel she is overmarked this week. Her dances aren’t great. She lacks confidence and her personality doesn’t seem to come through. She seems a little cold and boring to me, and possibly the audience watching at home. Even though she is securing mid-table positions, lack of votes are leaving her in the dance off. I feel her chances may end soon. Unless Carol ends up in the bottom two as well, but for some reason, the public are really warming to her.

The Apprentice 2015

The Apprentice returned to our screens this month and well, it is the same as ever. Starting off with 18 candidates it is impossible to pick any frontrunners as of yet, but at the same time very easy to choose the next to be fired.

Week one started with a profit margin task with neither team convincingly performing well. In the end, Selina’s team won due to the fact that they recognised that spend less, sell more and identifying a strategy of some sort compared to April’s team dithering and overemphasis on quality of product, at the expense of time and money. In the end, “get your hands out of your pockets” Dan was the first to be fired. I have no idea what he is doing there; he looks like he has taken a wrong turn.

Week two was a marketing and advertising task. Market a cactus oil shampoo – is that a real thing? Should I be using this?… Although Lord Sugar hailed the boys’ campaign as the best ever, I thought it was average. Compare it to the girls’ campaign – muddled, confused and poorly executed, Western appears like a Oscar worthy masterpiece. Aisha deservedly went – she was at fault for the poor management.

This week was all about negotiating. Despite bumbling idiot Richard’s not-so-clever cheese negotiation, the boys’ team pulled off a convincing win. The girls’ team was a shambles. Although they started off well getting a good discount on the crystal flutes, from there on in it went to pot. A lot of it is because of Vana’s poor management – at some times inflexible when she needs to be (unwilling to compromise swapping the items with the other sub-team at first), poor strategy and awful decision making. The whole team is very catty and unfriendly, and it just looks so unprofessional. The boys’ team confessed they don’t like each other but know they need to put their differences aside and work together, something the girls need to learn! Although Vana was not very good, I did agree with Jenny being fired. She is useless, just saying a lot but not achieving much. Vana does have more potential than Jenny, although I wonder how the girls’ team will progress after all that bitchiness unleashed in that ep?

And one more thing? Why is the boys’ team toy inflatable boat allowed but not the anatomically correct paper skeleton from last year? #justiceforfelipe

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 – Have You Been Watching?

When this year’s list of celebrities was unveiled, I wasn’t particularly excited. However, three weeks in and I am loving it!

Although Peter Andre was the hot favourite, I find him a tad overrated. My favourites are Anita and Jay. Although she isn’t the best dancer, Anita’s performances are full of feeling and heart. Jay has also surprised me, I never thought he was such a great dancer. Last week’s jive showed he is scarily good and I can’t wait to see what he does next.

Helen George is also a beautiful dancer and despite Len’s comments, I thought Georgina’s dance was captivating and intense. Who’s next to leave? Carol is quite a weak dancer and I don’t think she has enough popularity with the public to see her remain much longer. Jamelia has potential but she always make mistakes, and her performances feel a little flat.

Nick Hewer Quits The Apprentice!

It was revealed today that Nick Hewer has quit The Apprentice after ten years on the show. Although he has enjoyed the show, he is starting to find the schedule too demanding and tiring.

Bye Nick 😥

I will miss Nick. Together with Margaret, his withering put downs, eye rolling, and scathing summaries were highlights of the show. It is hard to imagine an episode without any of the two.

We know The Apprentice is returning next year, but who will be replacing Mr Hewer? Leave your opinions below!

The Apprentice – Interviews of Doom!

The final five faced the dreaded interview stage, where it can make or break a candidate, regardless of what happened in the past few weeks.

There has been some buzz about Solomon. Despite not being a standout candidate, he has shown some glimmer of creativity, for example, when he PM’d the viral video task and last week in the Teapot branding. The fact that he is based in technology others saw as a factor in his favour too (appealing to Sugar’s background). However, his business plan was not really a plan at all, and why Solomon saw it fit to fill the pages with pictures of sailboats is bizarre. We saw Claude rip him to shreds in the interview, leading Solomon to almost walk out of the window!!! He has a great background but I think he was too young and lacks business experience to consider going into partnership with. Give him a few years and he will do well.

Roisin has probably been the hot favourite but when she revealed the details of her business plan, it failed to win over the interviewers. She wanted to open a diet ready meal range based on a unique ingredient, which turned out to be not so unique. Her plan was too ambitious and too costly – too risky for a potential investor. She reminds me of Helen from a few years ago: if it had been a prize of a job, Roisin would win, but the business plan let her down.

Daniel was probably the hot favourite to exit the show in week 3,4,5… yet he has remained to this week! Big surprise! Nobody really show confidence in his business plan, or the lies on his CV, but what appealed was his background. He has managed to start from scratch and run his own business, which shows experience, but come on, it’s DANIEL! Did you expect him to win?!

Mark seems to be on the losing team almost every week but he has the highest sales figures in the competition. He wants to start a digital marketing business, similar to his previous jobs. He knows what to do and how to do it, but with a lot of competition from similar businesses, can he make it a big success?

Bianca seems a bit boring – too professional and no character to her. I did think the Claudine’s comments were a bit out of line. However, her emotional display in front of Ricky Martin proved how much the competition meant to her. Her hosiery business drew positive comments from the interviewers and there is a gap in the fashion market, with great potential to make millions.

Mark and Bianca are the two finalists! Who will win? I think Bianca will just edge it. Her business is more different and riskier than Mark’s business, but more likely to make more money at the end. And really, that is all that matters in the end isn’t it?…