Honestly, not since DJ Talent graced our screens with the inventive self-titled li'l number, er, 'DJ Talent', has a tune/rap/collection of random words made such an impact on a TV audience.
I am of course talking about this weekend's Britain's Got Talent, and Pulp Fiction's Marcellus Wallace lookalike, Zipparah 'Mr Zip' Tafari's unforgettable performance. We knew from the start of his VT that we were in for something special. Unsure of which quota it was going fill, ie the shockingly good or spectacularly bad, we watched with delight as Mr Zip sauntered on stage with bravado clearly in no short supply, to address The Boss AKA Simon Cowell with the one name he allegedly hates, 'Si'. Not to worry, with 'Si's' new best friend David Walliams fielding comments like a protective parent, the editors had us all whipped up, preparing us for a unanimous quadruple 'buzz' followed by a Mr Zip shaped swift exit.
We were to be mistaken. The curve ball that came was certainly unexpected by me. Initial snorting with laughter and scorn at the rubbish-ness of the opening lyric, 'Have you ever been in the situation, where you lost your keys and you lost your phone?', unsuspectingly turned to a smirk of enjoyment as I found myself 'foot tapping' and 'sofa dancing' along with the catchy chorus. It seemed we were all in it together as Twitter timelines became clogged with the catchphrase, the venue's audience joined in with the chant and even Cowell and Co on the judging panel were seen to let themselves go in the moment.
Well done Zipparah, you have created a tune SO annoying that it will now most likely go on to become a huge hit... in Europe. The wily 'ker-ching' glint in Simon's eye said it all. If I were you, I'd do as he says, take his advice to call yourself 'Zippy', and enjoy your 15 minutes of fame.
The other 'one to watch' last weekend was (in my opinion) the cutest dog in the world, Pudsey. WHAT a dog. We all know how much Simon loves dog acts, and with him now saying he'll take to the stage himself to dance with Pudsey if he wins the show; with the Simon-loving public voting, I'd say it were a foregone conclusion. Owner and trainer Ashleigh - tinsel town beckons, you'd better get that li'l bundle of fluff insured pronto!
However, in the battle of Britain's Got Talent Vs The Voice UK, it was champagne all round for the Beeb, as its newest Saturday night offering crept ahead in the ratings. OK, the talent is good, but other than Jessie J, who so far is the best signing of the show, I'm still not warming particularly to the other coaches. The chair gyrating, gurning and 'who can sing along to the track best' miming is now as much entertainment as the nervous singers belting out their karaoke dead cert behind them. Danny in particular has perfected the 'I've just messed myself and am struggling to sit tight in it' facial expression to a tee.
With some genuinely talented individuals coming through on The Voice UK and the slightly 'different than we're used to' talent show format, in that the coaches are begging to be picked in the majority of cases, I can see how the public are jumping on board. However, with Britain's Got Talent also offering talented people, but with the added ingredient of humour on the side (mainly thanks to Ant & Dec and newbie David Walliams), despite the ratings, it's ITV that gets MY vote this week.
Carmen Electra's monosyllabic judging. You could have a sob story worthy of a Pride of Britain Award and it would do little to penetrate the vacant expression and 'slight lean into the mic' move, to offer her 'comment' generally comprising of 'Yes' or 'No'.
David Walliams to Simon Cowell: 'Do you like dogs?' Upon the answer of 'Yes' he hands over a picture with the accompanying comment, 'My wife'. After a slight pause, thank goodness he finished the sentence with, '..is getting this dog'. Otherwise it would have been the dog house at home for you, David.