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One Of The Biggest Disasters In Television History
25 August 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

2005 was a disaster for ITV who produced one flop after another including CELEBRITY LOVE ISLAND and CELEBRITY WRESTLING but this was nothing compared to ROCK AROUND THE BLOCK

This show revolves around a competition between two families who are given a challenge of performing a cover version of a popular song in 48 hours . They are helped by choreographer Paulette Minott , rap coach Kaz Gamble and worst of all camp stylist Erik Rudy who gives them fashion advice . 48 hours later the two families perform in front of an excited audience of neighbours , family and friends . For example we saw the Swain family performing the Madness hit Baggy Trousers while their rivals the Adams family ( No not that one , they're much worse ) performed Ricky Martin's La Vida Loca . After the performances the audience , or at least the ones who have the intelligence to write an X in a box , vote for the family who they thought were the best and they get a prize . What the prize was I can neither remember nor care

You have to watch this show to see how unbelievably bad it was since mere words can't do it justice . Who on earth thought this would be a prime time light entertainment hit on Saturday nights ? Perhaps it's all a big conspiracy by the drinks industry to make us all head for the pub ? Certainly you get the impression that it was produced solely to give the likes of (c)rap coach Kaz and girlie man Erik an income , it definitely wasn't made to entertain the masses that's for sure . Perhaps the worst aspect is that Kaz , Erik , Paulette and co insult the viewers by pretending the contestants are in any way impressive as performers - They're not I assure you

To give you an idea of how bad ROCK AROUND THE BLOCK is it was canceled from the schedules a couple of weeks into its run . When I say canceled I don't mean rescheduled like ITV did with earlier flop CELEBRITY WRESTLING , I mean it was taken off air and there are no plans for the untransmitted editions to ever be broadcast and thank f**k for that ! It's one of the worst shows produced in 2005 and that is really saying something


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