With so much good news, the annual Dancing with the Stars lineup’s annual drip reveal has begun.
from afar, and as usual, there was both inspiration and ‘Whose is that?’ casting piece.
By far, Panti Bliss – drag entertainer and ‘accidental activist’ – is by far the best addition. And my current hobby is the simile with the shiny shiny trophy.
Not only is she a popular showbiz actress, but she can also cut to Brian Redmond’s size and never lack for flexible one-piece bras. “I’ve worked with Twink and Linda Martin so I’m not afraid of anyone!” is a perfect example.
Other elements of the selection process are questionable. Does Brooke Scullion – who failed to qualify for this year’s Eurovision finals – really deserve a spot in the lineup? Online, some have asked if Ireland is the only place in the world where a former state pathologist meets the celebrity criteria. But I think Marie Cassidy deserves her place. If for no other reason the title is great in Sun declares that her time will be ‘killer on the dance floor’ – the highest score for all participants.
It has been reported that this will be the last season of the ball-floor entertainment – due to a dwindling budget. Producer Larry Bass has said that the independent sector cannot produce high-end products if the budget continues to shrink. “It’s not sustainable,” he said in June.
However, he said the same in 2019. Perhaps the national broadcaster will be prepared enough to continue shipping — like they did in 2019. Or perhaps, this time, they will. not doing so.
Don’t get me wrong: celebrity competition television is fun to watch. There’s usually a lot to dissect and analyze: the dynamics between the judges, the tension between the stars, the moments when contestants stumble.
And there have been plenty of standout DWTS moments. Who can forget the scene of Des Cahill trudging across the floor with holes in his back? Named The Dessie Swim, it has inspired dads across the country to hit the dance floor at weddings.
Or Holly Carpenter’s utterly disgusted look when she was voted down, or the time Marty Morrissey said he was just dancing to the music. Siege of Ennis before the series begins. (I also have to shout at Marty for playing shoe-strings in GAA metaphors whenever he gets a half chance – like likening the dance to ‘playing the dub in Croke Park and you are team Junior B’) .
Or former Alpaca farmer and news broadcaster Aengus Mac Grianna recreates the moment he was caught doing make-up live on air. Then Hughie Maughan’s over-applying of fake tans became the focus of series one.
There were even some truly emotional moments — like when Ukrainian professional dancer Denys Samson burst into tears while discussing the war.
But these programs have a certain shelf life in Ireland. This is partly because we don’t have many celebrities here. In the UK, they were able to attract a much bigger and flashier star group — thanks to a larger budget and larger audience. Hence why Serious and I’m a famous person Had such good matches. But entering its sixth season, even the most dedicated DWTS fans have to admit that the light is thinning. Programs are too long, the results are often too predictable, and there are too many subplots.
There are also too few love affairs attached to the Irish version. In Great Britain, there have been many romances; Seann Walsh and Katya Jones apologize on air for kissing, Countdown‘Rachel Riley fell in love with Pasha Kovalev, boxers Joe Calzaghe and Kristina Rihanoff got involved, and then a few years later Kristina fell in love with former rugby star Ben Cohen. And that’s just to mention a few. We only had two romances. Please add Strict Curse this season.
Hopefully RTÉ will move the money into developing something new in the future – with even more sequins. On the other hand, if they decide to do another season, I hear that Matt Hancock will be available any time next year.
Do’s and Don’ts at Office Christmas Party
It’s back! After a hiatus and various incarnations – magnified drinks, social distancing carnival walks – the office Christmas party is back. And this Christmas, the risk is high — the cost-of-living crisis means a free night out has never been more appealing.
But some of us can get a little cranky during these social gatherings, so this is a helpful revision course on how to handle ourselves and others.
– Prepare conversation topics. This may sound boring but it will be worth it when you find the chat slow, stick with things that don’t lead to fights. Examples include;:weather, how overwhelming the Love is blind the reunion is, dog, the best place to buy mince pies.
– Drink up to three glasses only. Getting drunk in front of everyone you work with is never a good idea. Mainly because it will lead to the most debilitating case of Fear you will ever experience. You will spend hours, if not days, worrying about what you said and to whom. Never shoot. If someone offers you an injection – leave immediately.
— If your office Christmas party takes place in your office, don’t copy your head. The results are always less than satisfactory and are rarely as funny as you might imagine.
— Do not post party photos online unless you have the consent of everyone in the group. It’s just common courtesy.
– Don’t forget everything people tell you. No one likes being reminded of what they did the night before. Do not reenact events. Just a definite answer: “It’s a prank!” and then forget all about it, until next year.
Brenda Fricker recalls her days as a dove woman
It’s great to hear about the inner workings of Hollywood. And this week, Oscar-winning actress Brenda Fricker talked about living a lavish life while filming in 1992. Home Alone 2.
Speaking on Newstalk, she said she was taken to New York’s Plaza for the shoot. However, it’s not all glitz and glamor. Fricker plays the dove woman in the film, and the job comes with some career risks.
“I could go back to the hotel in a full suit, covered in pigeon shit… if you want to clean up the elevator quickly, put on a pigeon shit,” she said. Good to know.
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