“ BBC3 / Talk Show „
Some people can't understand why I like her, but I really think Lily Allen is incredibly attractive, I like her attitude and I think she is intelligent. I have enjoyed listening to both of her albums and I have seen her perform live, most memorably at the Eden Project with Mark Ronson as her supporting artist.
I watched her show on BBC Three when it was broadcast a while back and obviously as I think she is great I quite liked it although I suppose I am very biased. The programme did receive fairly poor reviews if I remember correctly and the fact that there has not been a second series maybe suggests that my appreciation of it puts me in the minority.
Lily got noticed by her music gaining support on My Space and her show on BBC Three was also heavily interweaved with videos and music taken from the internet and at least some of the studio audience were Miss Allen's on line friends who stood around the set as they do on Top Gear.
At the beginning of each programme Lily would often reveal embarrassing stories about one or two of the audience who had obviously admitted to these beforehand when asked probably if anything had happened to them which would be of interest. These tales and much of the other content in the show could only really be deemed suitable for adults and definitely not for youngsters even though a lot of young people are fans of hers. My best friend often wonders how I can warm to her so much when I normally don't like it at all when girls swear or talk about unchaste things, I'm a little old fashioned like that but she seems to be the exception to this rule.
In each edition one or two guests would be interviewed which was more like a chat between mates rather than a professional approach but this suited the whole style of the show, I can remember James Corden, David Mitchell, Cuba Gooding Jnr and Danny Dyer among others who would be asked questions by I suppose members of the online community as well who were particularly bizarre. Those who had gained prominence or relative fame by broadcasting on You Tube went on sometimes and demonstrated their talent, singing for example.
Like I said previously I am very biased and would have watched this regardless of the quality or the guests because I think she is so lovely.
The negative reviews were harsh I think as at the time of filming I'm fairly sure she was going through some troubling personal problems and she is a singer songwriter, not a presenter or interviewer like Michael Parkinson. I like the BBC a lot but I kind of feel like they just thought this girl is really popular, let's give her a show but didn't really support her enough with good writing or features, in fact rather a lot of the material was embarrassing or just in bad taste, but that is only my opinion, like I said I am a little old fashioned when it comes to things like that.
Despite all of that she always came across as very natural and down to earth and seemed to talk like a friend to the guest whoever they were. She has a really cute laugh and a lovely smile, it's a shame she didn't have better to work with and so able make it more successful.
In my opinion Lily Allen wasn't given enough credit for her chat show 'Lily Allen and Friends'. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of her music but I think in general she's a funny, down to earth girl who knows how to have a laugh. In this show the audience consists entirely of Lily's online friends. Each show included different celebrity guests such as: Mitch Hewer, Joe Dempsie, James Corden and David Mitchell.
They also had people made famous by websites like youtube, well know musicians and lesser known musicians. Each week an internt celebrity, member of the opublic or other character record a question to ask the celebrity guest. The show despite being criticised WAS funny and entertaining. There is going to be a second series on BBC3 although I'm not sure when it is going to be aired but I can't wait! Hopefully this series will have more support and less criticism. The musicians, celebrity guests and host were all great.