Sunday 13 January 2008

Well done, Endemol

I have, for the first time, been watching the January Big Brother....the celebrity one never appealed to me and so I never watched it. I was intrigued, though, by the idea of putting 12 alpha teens into one house, and I have to say, I think it's a resounding success.

At first I felt quite sorry for them. They're all at the top of their game in their own way, but have this arrogance about it that reflects their age, and I could see them being publicly ripped to shreds about it, and I felt quite sorry for them. But that hasn't happened, at all. Instead, they've all bonded really well, without the usual clique wars we see on the summer BB; the celebrity hijackers are doing funny things with them that are meaningful, instead of getting them to eat fish guts in return for food; and generally, the show is a lot more entertaining than I expected it to be. It's a shame it only has such a short run, though I can see how it would get old quite quickly.

It really made me laugh when the purple ninja went in and started throwing around rose petals. Jade was really annoying, though, and I find that brother and sister combo vaguely creepy.

So, hats off to Endemol! After last year's racism debacle, they were always going to have to be super-careful about what they did with the format this year, and somebody has their head screwed on over there. It really works. That said, the kids at work don't seem to be discussing it as much, so perhaps it hasn't been as much of a success among the yoof and therefore will not reappear.

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