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Strictly Come Briefing as angry viewers
Oh dear. This will not make besieged Boris Johnson everything promotes popularity. Strictly Come Dancing is one of the few things to keep the nation’s morale up, but tonight it was behind our screens – because the government again delayed its already delayed press conference on the delayed lockdown.
The Prime Minister’s official briefing in Downing Street was originally scheduled for 4 p.m. It was pushed back to 5:00 p.m., then 6:30 p.m. and finally aired at 6:48 p.m. As PM prevailed and endless poorly formatted graphics appeared on the screen, Strictly’s scheduled start time at 7:48 p.m. 10 am was delayed for four minutes. Even more infuriating because key details of the press conference had already been leaked. It was the least popular Saturday night TV since Don’t Scare The Hare.
It’s just a shame Boris didn’t end up addressing the nation live from the ballroom at Elstree Studios, with Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Craig Revel Horwood wielding paddles to assess his speech. Say-ah-ster of absolute pandemic, honey.
You must also feel sorry for the girl group Small mix, whose talent show The Search was moved from spring to fall due to the coronavirus, only to be unceremoniously routed in schedules and held in an empty studio. The semifinal of the contest was scheduled to air at 6:05 p.m. tonight, but it was withdrawn entirely. We are told it will be released now on Friday. BBC programmers must pull their hair out.
Ballroom babies kept on setting the pace
Young people dominated last week’s opening show, with YouTuber HRVY Top Scores and Teenage EastEnders Actress Maisie Smith just a point behind for his scorching samba. Here their positions have been reversed meaning combined scores equal and leaving them tied at the top of the leaderboard.