Grease is the Word



Zoe Ball


Judges: Sinitta, David Gest, David Ian and Brian Friedman

ITV2 coverage (Greased Lightnin): Holly Willoughby


Syco in association with TalkbackThames for ITV1, 7 April to 9 June 2007 (10 episodes in 1 series)


David Ian jumps channels, and the shark, in this cobbled-together cobblers designed to spoil the BBC's Any Dream Will Do.

Though on paper Grease has the better songbook than Joseph, the sum of this series is much less than its parts. One of those parts is the seemingly rent-a-celeb casting of the judges - particularly David Gest (note: only hired due to I'm a Celeb) and Sinitta (note: a former squeeze of exec producer Simon Cowell).

After the Sandys and Dannys had been whittled down after the boot camp, an intolerable set of auditions and live shows eventually selected a winner.

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Susan McFadden (sister of the former Mr Katona, Bryan) and Danny Bayne who received generally very poor crits when the show opened in August 2007.


Even Simon Cowell admitted the show was a flop. Speaking to The Sun, he admitted: "Grease Is The Word is not going as well as I had hoped. It has been slaughtered by the critics - and rightly so."

Anthony Kavanagh, who finished as the runner-up to winner Danny Bayne, previously enjoyed modest chart success in the late '90's, under the name Kavana.

Web links

Wikipedia entry

The final couples profiled at The Stage.

See also



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