A love letter to RuPaul’s Drag Race

If you have never seen RuPaul’s Drag Race, then you need to lock yourself in a room, sign up to Netflix and get comfy.

It’s fabulous, and I am obsessed with it. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s essentially a mashup of Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model…but for drag queens, obviously.

It features the beauty that is Mr RuPaul as head judge who is either looking fierce in drag…

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…or seriously dapper in one of his many smart suits:

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It also features the one and only Michelle Visage – my personal favourite from this years CBB:

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Who you can always rely on to tell it like it is…

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Each episode involves challenges, and then a final runway. The losing queens each week then have to lip sync for their liiiiiives

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And then the losers have to sashay away 😦

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The queens themselves are amazing, of course

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There’s always a good guest judge too…

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And there’s plenty of shade being thrown, just to spice things up

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Really, how can you not love it? If you’re in the UK then you can watch it Seasons 1-6 on Netflix. Season 7 is being shown in the US at the moment and technically isn’t available here yet…but that’s OK, cus if you haven’t seen it before you’ve got 6 wonderful seasons to catch up on (I would start with season 6 and work backwards). I love it and I hope you will too.

I’m gonna end this post with some words of wisdom from Ru, & hope you enjoyed my GIF overload!

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All GIFs from giphy.com

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21 Reasons Why You Should Definitely Watch Crufts 2015

Crufts is one of the TV highlights of the year (second only to the wonder that is Eurovision). It’s the worlds largest dog show, hosted by The Kennel Club with over 28,000 dogs taking part every year. If you haven’t watched it before, then I highly reccommend you tune in because dogs are THE BEST. If you need some persuading, here’s some reasons why:

1. Tiny dogs 

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2. Huge dogs

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3. Fluffy dogs

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4. Dogs with dreadlocks

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5. Dogs with better hair than you

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6. Dogs with hardly any hair at all 

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7. Dogs in raincoats

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8. Dogs having the time of their lives jumping…

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9 …and running on ramps…

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10. …and weaving in and out of poles…

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11. …and coming through tunnels! 

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12. Doggy kisses

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13. Dogs that change people’s lives

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14. Patriotic dogs

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15. Celebrity dog lovers

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16. Dog breeds you probably haven’t seen before

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17. Doggy dancing

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18. Dogs with a cooler onesie than you

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19. Dogs and owners with matching outfits

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20. Wrinkly dogs that you just want to cuddle

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21. And finally, the lovely Clare Balding who presents the show – the voice of all great TV events 

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So make sure you don’t miss out on the greatest celebration of our four-legged friends – it starts Thursday 5th March on More4, 6.30pm and will be on over the weekend.

All photos Copyright onEdition 2014 ©

TV Weddings

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I love weddings as much as the next girl, possibly more (I don’t want to admit to having picked my perfect engagement ring – but I have. Run now, boys). Weddings are great. Everyone’s happy and there’s great suits and dresses and flower arrangements which for some inexplicable reason I find fascinating. Celebrity weddings are so entertaining and I always feel I need to know who wore what, and how many tiers they had on their cake. It tends to be a girl thing which I think has been drilled into me from years of watching Disney films.

Of course, I love watching other people’s weddings so as a general rule weddings shown on TV are great. However, the TV weddings I am referring to here are the ones where the production company has paid for the wedding: Don’t Tell The Bride and Celebrity Wedding Planners are the only ones I can currently think of but I expect there are more!

Whilst they have different formats, essentially it boils down to a production company paying for your wedding. In DTTB the groom is given £12,000 to plan his wedding while the bride has no say whatsoever, in Celeb Wedding Planners, the celebrity is given £12,000 to plan the wedding, and the couple has no say whatsoever. So far, all good. These programs are funny and entertaining.

I only have one issue – why are brides the most ungrateful people on Earth?! Bearing in mind that someone else is paying for their entire wedding (so they’ve saved themselves 12 grand) why do they feel the  need to bitch and moan about everything in the lead up to their wedding? As far as I am aware, nobody forced them to take part in the show. If they wanted to plan it themselves that badly then they would never have signed up for the show. I know some of it must be for the cameras but a lot of the time they just come across as demanding and pretty self-centered.

I know its their ‘special day’ and everything, but you signed up for the show so suck it up and wear whatever dress (ugly or not) you are given. At the end of the day, it should be about the person waiting at the end of the aisle and not the chair covers, bridesmaid’s dresses or hen night!

The People of The Jeremy Kyle Show

If you have ever watched The Jeremy Kyle Show (and I assume that if you live in the UK then you have) you will understand the shows premise. People go on it in an attempt to find some sort of reasonable conclusion to arguments they have been having with friends, partners or their families – sometimes all three. They can have DNA and lie detector tests, and Jeremy Kyle attempts to mediate the feuding groups into some sort of peace. He does this aided by a very beefy security guard, who is present in case the participants forget they are on national TV and try and knockout their own mother or something, which happens all too frequently. He is also assisted by everybody’s favourite, Graham. Graham is Head of Aftercare on the show and is apparently able to help people with everything from drug addiction to organising child maintenance payments.

Often the title of the show revolves around a question that the participants wish to know the answer to. For example: Is my boyfriend also my brother? Will my fiance run off with my gay best friend? Is it true that my husband is sleeping with my sister? My brother stole my girlfriend but is he the father of my child? etc…

You get the general idea. However, when I watch The Jeremy Kyle Show, I have only usually have one question: HOW DID YOU GET ANYONE TO HAVE SEX WITH YOU?

To back up my point, I would like to supply you with some screenshots of people who have actually featured on the show:

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I rest my case.

Maybe they just have really great personalities. Although judging from the show, this is difficult to believe. I reckon they must just have sex with other people who have also been on The Jeremy Kyle Show. I never ever see people that look this when I’m out and about, so god only knows where they all are. I hope they’re all very happy with each other, and all I would like to say to them is: ‘how about a visit to the dentist once in a while?’.

Dancing on Very Thin Ice

I have been watching this series of Dancing on Ice, mainly because there is nothing else on when I come in from work on a Sunday. But I’ve never really loved it, and I’m not sure why because judging by my taste in TV I should be completely obsessed. So, I’m breaking it down to try and understand why it doesn’t grab me as much as the other big reality shows (Strictly Come Dancing/X Factor)…

The things that are right with DOI:

  • Phillip Schofield (my love for the Schofe knows no bounds).
  • Getting to watch professional ice skaters do their job really well (in the professional routines, anyway)
  • Getting to watch celebrities – I use the term loosely – fall over
  • They wear pretty sparkly costumes

I was really scraping the barrel with that last one.

The things that are wrong with DOI:

  • We no longer get to look at Holly Willoughby. Christine Bleakley is nice and everything, but she’s no Holly.
  • It’s on a Sunday night, which is just wrong. As everyone knows, SATURDAY night is the home of reality TV. Sunday is for results night only, and by putting it all on a Sunday they have effectively ruined the structure of my weekend.
  • The show doesn’t lead up to anything. When X Factor and Strictly start, everyone knows that its the run up to Christmas, and every week its gets a little bit more sparkly and exciting. DOI feels a little anti-climatic in comparison.
  • They voted off Pamela Anderson in the first week. This would never have happened on Strictly. Its so disappointing.
  • Speaking of them voting people off, the way they structured the first two weeks is ridiculous – they had just six celebrities performing each week and voted one out each week, which wasn’t fair at all.
  • Jason Gardiner. He is mean, and not mean in a good way a la Craig Revel Horwood. Just mean. Maybe he just needs to get laid.
  • Half of the judging panel know nothing about ice skating.
  • Nobody really cares who wins.

In conclusion, DOI just isn’t as good as the other reality show offerings that ITV brings us throughout the year. Although I’ll probably carry on watching it as I’m always brain dead after work on a Sunday, and crave mindless entertainment. If my opinion of it improves then I will take it all back and explain myself, I promise…

10 Reasons why Daytime TV is a good thing

Daytime TV is one of my favourite guilty pleasures, but I no longer want to feel guilty for enjoying it when I can. Here’s ten reasons why we should all celebrate daytime TV:

1. When you’re allowed a day off school because you’re sick, it feels like a treat to be sat there watching Homes Under the Hammer knowing that all your friends are in their Maths lesson.

2. Old people use it for company/something to do when they can’t go out. Getting rid of daytime TV would be like age discrimination.

3. This Morning is sort of like the Mail Online in a TV show, so you can get all your gossip/health tips/cooking info/news updates without having to read anything. Which is probably pretty useful for a proportion of the population.

4. Jeremy Kyle will ALWAYS make you feel better about your own life. If you’re feeling miserable because you’ve been dumped/lost your job/having a bad day, switch on Jezza and immediately feel better because you know who your own father is/the father of your baby isn’t questioning the paternity because the baby is ginger/your mum isn’t a 62 year old pensioner who won’t stop sleeping around (all of these have actually featured on the show).

5. Students need something to distract them from work. As do people who work from home. Similarly, unemployed people need something to distract them from trying to get a job.

6. The adverts in the breaks between daytime TV shows are usually hilariously bad and tend to focus on a target market of incontinent elderly women.

7. Loose Women. I admit it divides people, and a lot of people hate it but I am not one of those people. I love it. Mostly because it means its lunch time, and I like to structure my day when I’m at home doing nothing.

8. Really (the channel) offers such gems as Bridezillas, Don’t Tell the Bride, and Cheaters. Which is brilliant for everybody who has an hour to spare because everybody loves these programs. I have heard so many men complain about watching DTTB, but I put it on when my whole family was around and everybody watched it (included Dad, uncles, brothers, grandad) and they were SO involved by the time the actual wedding came around. So don’t tell me you don’t love it, boys.

9. Getting to look at Holly Willoughby/Phillip Schofield. Because everybody must fancy one of them at least a little bit. How could you not?!

10. There is something for everyone on daytime TV. If you’re willing to surrender some of your intellectual integrity then you will undoubtedly find something to watch and enjoy. It would just be nice if we could all start admitting that we enjoy it so that people like me don’t feel quite so bad…

(I would like to add here that I don’t watch daytime TV EVERY day, and when I do it isn’t all day, because if you did that I think you would probably go a little bit insane)

One Born Every Minute

First things first, there was just too much good TV on tonight. I wanted to watch basically everything, and missed most of it because Mum had first choice with the remote, and she chose Midsomer Murders. Midsomer is one of my favourite guilty pleasures, and it is brilliant – but I really wanted to watch Gok’s Style Secrets and Africa! Hopefully will get to catch up on them soon and if I do I’ll be sure to let you know!

We ended up watching One Born Every Minute on Channel 4+1, which is honestly one of my favourite programs. I would hazard a guess that women make up the primary audience of this show, as childbirth is topic that women naturally tend to be more interested in – and are less bothered about watching (I’m not saying men don’t/can’t watch it, its just all male relatives leave the room the minute it comes on). If you haven’t seen it before, then just a note that if you’re squeamish you might want to avoid. Birth might be the most amazing, wonderful and miraculous process but it really isn’t pretty!

I love the way the program mixes scenes from the actual birth with interviews of the parents which are recorded before the baby arrives. It means you really get to know the parents (or at least feel like you do), and then when the baby arrives I always get emotional – but then I’ll cry at anything. It also includes interviews with the midwives talking about their experiences of mothers/birth/babies which are really interesting as they have a very unique insight into people’s lives.

The one thing this program definitely doesn’t do is make me feel broody (I’m sure Mum will be glad to hear that, as I’m only 19) because frankly, birth looks horrendous and I am happy to put it off for a VERY VERY long time…