And let's face it, you've got to love Ant and Dec haven't you. TV, like a good port is far better when DEC ANT'ed.
So I took a deep breath and switched on the telly at 9.00pm last night and I wasn't disappointed, because the cast essentially wrote this post themselves!
I should mention that I didn't recognise some of the contestants. I of course knew Rebecca Addlington, because unlike some of her counterparts she has earned her fame - think of all those hours with wrinkly toes and the number the chlorine must have done on her hair over the years... I haven't a clue who Amy is or Matthew Wright. Steve interesting (living up to his name thus far) Davies and David Emmanuel are on my list of Do's and the American - was it Arborio? - and the heavy set blond are both on my Don't (know) list. Hey ho, I guess I am going to know their names and their bowel movements over the coming days....
So back to last night. Joey Essex - he was on my radar, but I could have passed him in the street and not recognised him. I could have told you he was from Essex, because of the tan, the shaved chest, the white teeth and the look of vacancy and incomprehension in his eyes, but I couldn't have told you he was THE Essex from 'The only way is Essex.'
Prediction #1 his hair is not going to stay looking like that for long. Maybe for as long as it takes someone to break his mirror, to stop him being such a vain waste of space.
The Bushtucker Trial.