Britain Loves EntertainmentThe everyman celebrity
Every year, queues for reality TV shows stretch for miles. Maniacs doing vocal runs, hot girls who insist that if they’ve got a problem with someone they’ll tell them, umpteen dance troupes - all hoping to become rich and famous beyond their wildest dreams.
Only, as it goes, without a decent skill to fall back on, these hopefuls tend to peak early then disappear for good. No. A good reality show star needs a trade, they need to have a line in bricklaying, or DIY. That way, once their shiny personality has dazzled its last dazzle, they can still find a home on daytime TV, filling the late afternoon void with all manner of helpful DIY bumph. Think of Craig Phillips from Big Brother 1 - the man who outsmarted Nasty Nick, took all of his clothes off more than once, and even tried to crash the pop charts.
Without Craig’s bricklaying and DIY skills, he’d be just another Scott Turner (a man no one remembers from Big Brother 4, FYI). Yep, Britain loves a back to basics handy man alright.
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By Josh Burt