BBC Reality Series Rocks My Twinkly Face Off

Posted by sara April 8th, 2009 at 10:00am In British Things Game Shows General Hotness

Since Gossip Girl was a repeat this week (I know! I was sad too), I thought I’d share with y’all what my roommate and I did Sunday night (aside from watching the Academy of Country Music Awards, because I know you don’t care).

We watched a zillion hours of the BBC reality competition series Any Dream Will Do and squealed like insane people at every hilariously cheesy music cue, kick-ball-change, and pinched glare from LORD ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER AND DON’T YOU FORGET THE “LORD” PART.

How can you not love this hot mess?

How can you not love this hot mess?

So Any Dream Will Do, which is about casting the lead role in a new West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, originally aired in the UK two years ago, and the winner has presumably been playing Joseph eight times a week ever since in the finest tradition of Donny Osmond Jason Donovan. I’m kind of trying not to find out who wins the show, because I like suspense, but if you want to know, mosey on over to Wikipedia. They’ll tell you.

But the best part isn’t who wins. It’s the SHEER TECHNICOLOR INSANITY of this show. First, the … I don’t know what to call them. The judges? But they’re also mentors. And several of them appear to want to sleep with various contestants. I shall call them the Seacrest-Gunn-Abdul team. They include host presenter Graham Norton and judges/mentors John Barrowman, LORD LLOYD WEBBER, and several other people who are not as cute as John Barrowman or as bitchy as LORD LLOYD WEBBER so I don’t care about them. There are also eleven remaining Josephs after an audition process that went a lot like American Idol (I guess): They started with like 100, invited 50 to “Joseph school,” and then cut it down to 12 for the first live show. And Joseph school, let me tell you, was fucking hysterical. The part where the producers decided to score a dance rehearsal with Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” was the first time I spilled wine all over myself because I was laughing so hard.

Ah, shit. I just found out who won. Oh well. I will enjoy anyway.

So. This show is fantastically campy, especially the SING-OFF AT THE END. The two wannabe Josephs who got the fewest phone-in votes from the discerning theatre critics of Britain had to battle each other in song. It was epic. I present to you: The Bridge Over Troubled Fashion.

And then when the fellow on the right was eliminated by LORD LLOYD WEBBER, the other Josephs took his Dreamcoat away! And they made the poor eliminated sap sing “Close Every Door To Me”! That was the fifth time I spilled my wine in a fit of giggling glee. This show is awesome and I’m going to watch every rainbow minute of it.


  • 1. Vance  |  April 8th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Rumour is Canada will get our own Any Dream Will Do to cast this fall’s Joseph in Toronto, especially since we had the original Maria casting for The Sound of Music (which was fab). but ADWD looks SOOO much gayer. Can’t wait!

  • 2. Dan  |  April 8th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Graham Norton, John Barrowman and Andrew Lloyd Webber?

    I think you left off the fourth judge — a tiara coated in sparkles and appletinis.

  • 3. sara  |  April 8th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    The fourth judge was Snagglepuss.

  • 4. Rebecca  |  April 13th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Is Andrew Lloyd Webber having a slow stroke? He looks weirdly droopy in both the poster and the video clip.

    Also, aw, did Pink get eliminated? His voice might have been a little too soft for Broadway, but Orange was flat in a lot of notes.

  • 5. sara  |  April 13th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Orange was even flatter last night, but somehow avoided elimination. I think Lord Lloyd Webber is sweet on him.


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