Our girl falls at the first fence


Well, I’m pleased to report that this blog continues its proud record of backing lost causes. As Madam Miaow predicted, the lovely Lucy Pinder is the first evictee from the Big Brother house, though in a tighter race than might have been expected.

And, the BB voting system being what it is, this boiled down into a question of which of the two women nominated would be most hated by other women. Neither, to be frank, had done anything in the house to offend the public, but that wasn’t the point. A lot of people disliked Ulrika because of her colourful private life; a lot of people disliked Lucy because of what she does for a living. The latter, I think, is not down to puritanism – there isn’t much of that among the BB audience – so much as jealousy. If you’ve worked in an office full of women, you’ll be familiar with the major bitch-fest that usually takes place when there’s a notably young and pretty addition to the workforce. In principle one hopes for sisterhood, but oftentimes there ain’t much of it around.

Well, at least Lucy acquitted herself quite well in the house, and will have surprised a few people just by being nice, genuine and down to earth. Some women of my acquaintance have admitted that they were expecting to hate her, but actually warmed to her as the show went on. Yes, there was her dire performance in the talent contest, for which she deserved nomination, but as she says, the topless model was always going to do badly compared to all the singers and actors in there, and at least she’s been self-deprecating about it. She also wins points for being the only housemate so far to stand up to the misogynistic Coolio, as opposed to the blokes who tolerate him and the other women who moan about him behind his back.

Strange as it may seem, Lucy also wins plaudits from me for not getting her norks out in the house. I know it’s what she does for a living, but there’s a time and a place for everything. Of course, the lads will have been disappointed; the producers will have been disappointed; Davina was certainly disappointed, and could scarcely talk about anything else. But had she got them out, the women out there would have hated her even more. And this is quite curious, because the young women who make up 80% of the Big Mouth audience almost uniformly are dressed in short skirts, low-cut tops and push-up bras, and yet seemed to have no compunction in branding as a slapper a young woman dressed much more conservatively than them. One merely notes the incongruity.

So now I suppose my allegiance will have to transfer to Mutya, on the strength of the Sugababes’ back catalogue. Though, God knows, her wardrobe choices make me shake my head.

Oh yes, and then there’s Tommy. If I could say anything to Tommy, I would tell him to modulate the volume of his voice. One of the things that makes Radio Galloway so compelling is that, while most DJs try to create an atmosphere of intimacy, George constantly speaks as if he’s at a mass rally. But that’s an idiosyncrasy of George’s, and as we know, it didn’t work very well in the Big Brother house. Tommy needs to be aware that, when he’s in an enclosed space with a small number of people, he doesn’t need to talk like a costermonger calling attention to his bananas and blood oranges. Take it down a few decibels, is my advice.


  1. Jon said,

    January 10, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    One merely notes the incongruity.

    I suspect it’s projection- a defence mechanism to guard against the same charge being levelled at themselves.

  2. skidmarx said,

    January 12, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Perhaps she went because people agreed with Terry Christian that she had little discernable talent. Or am I thinking too much of humanity?

    Tommy seems to be more clubbable than Galloway (not in the sense of wanting to get pre-historic on his ass). Galloway was more easily identified as a buffoon by Endemol, making it a more productive strategy on their part to make him look a fool (Coolio looks more liable for that role this time).

  3. Ed said,

    January 12, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    You know Lucy, lovely though she may be, is a Tory don’t you?

  4. splinteredsunrise said,

    January 12, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Hey, there are some Tories I get on with better than leftists. One would like to think our side consistently had better human material, but it ain’t necessarily so.

  5. skidmarx said,

    January 12, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Good fences make it easy to dispose of stolen goods.

    Chantelle’s verdict on Tommy in the News Of The World:

    “The producers must be gutted they booked him. He’s meant to be a ranting politician and he’s done NOTHING![in bold as well as capitalised]Just what is the point of him? He’s a waste of space in the house, and I would like him to be booted out next.”
    She’s a fan of Verne and Coolio.

  6. sskka said,

    March 6, 2009 at 1:08 am

    You know Lucy, lovely though she may be, is a Tory don’t you?

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