|Long shot of Fenwicks Christmas Window Display|
|And a close-up of one of the windows...|
I just didn't realise it would take the best part of a day to stick a tree and a few bits of tinsel up in an average-sized three-bedroom house! Of course, discovering that the Darts Players Championships was on ITV4 for the next three days didn't help either so, once the tree was up and the carpet had been vacuumed for the fourth time that day, I plonked meself down on the sofa and got settled in for a weekend of darts! Heaven! And congratulations to Phil Taylor for a pretty-much well-deserved win. But a huge "BOO" to Paul Nicholson, my darts eye-candy, for getting knocked out in the first round and therefore giving me no other option but to concentrate on the darts for the rest of the weekend. Thoroughly enjoyed it, though. It's been a long time since both me and hubby have sat down to enjoy three days of darts action.
Anyway, as well as the darts, I did have to have my weekend fix of reality TV so, to begin with, I'd just like to say how happy I am that Charlie Brooks won 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!', how sad I am that Michael Vaughan had his last dance on 'Strictly Come Dancing', and how bored I was during 'The X Factor'! It was the most mind-numbing semi-final I have ever had the mis-pleasure of sitting through. In fact, I was so bored at one point that I started playing 'Fruits&Fun' on me 'phone because it was providing more entertainment than anything that was on the TV!
Performance-wise, Christopher Maloney did what he seems to do best - belt out middle-of-the-road classics to make granny smile and Simon Cowell quake in his boots; Union J decided to play it more safe than a room full of Health and Safety officers by giving us two totally yawn-inducing ballads that proved (to me, anyway) that they're nothing special; Jahmene was good, but I still got bored, and even James Arthur failed to instill any excitement from me. Although, his version of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood classic 'The Power of Love' probably was the best performance of the night, but, quite frankly, it wouldn't have taken much to be better than the dross that had gone before it.
The results show last night, however, went according to plan. Union J had been the bookie's favourite to be voted off by the public, and they were proved right. And to me it was no real surprise. I mean, come on - One Direction are less than a year old and already we're looking at another reincarnation of exactly the same thing! It's a terrifying thought that, in future, all the 'X Factor' becomes is a vehicle to find the "next big boy band" and that year after year all we're going to get is yet another bunch of over-pretty young boys shoved in our faces until the screaming girls get wise to it all and decide they've had enough. can we make that sooner rather than later, please? The world really doesn't need another One Direction. And maybe that's why Union J found themselves falling at the final hurdle - they are direct competition to One Direction (and don't anyone dare tell me they're not because you can't tell them apart! Well, apart from the fact 1D has an extra member...) and maybe their fans don't want to see that just yet. It's a tough old world out there in boy band land, you know. They'll still force them down our throats, of course. I'm already prepared for that.
|Christopher Maloney - this year's 'X Factor' winner?|
Oh, and one more thing before I leave that subject alone - Tulisa. Could she have looked any more bored than she did on last weekend's shows? She looked how I felt, but then I wasn't a judge on the telly because if I had been I might have at least tried to pretend I was interested. Maybe her mind's on all those novels she's got to write...
I haven't mentioned the doughnut part of this post's title yet, have I? Where do they come into it all then? Well, there I was in Tesco's on Saturday, loitering around the magazine stand trying to read the covers of all the TV mags to see if I can find any clues to this year's Christmas soap storylines when, out of the corner of my eye, I notice something that I can only say made my day - my local Tesco's are now stocking Krispy Kreme doughnuts! So, of course, I just had to try one, didn't I? And at £1.75 a pop it really was just the one too! I plumped for a Chocolate Praline Fudge Cake doughnut, ignored the calorie content, and enjoyed that doughnut like I've never enjoyed a doughnut before! Thank you, Krispy Kreme, I will be back...
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