If we are to believe that everyone’s a critic, there was no misreading the feelings of a lively young fella named Stanley at the final of Pooch Perfect last night.
Stepping out of the limo with his co-host Sheridan Smith, Stanley paused for a second and proceeded to curl one out on the red carpet.
Sheridan dutifully scooped the poop and popped it in a bag for safe disposal – and the BBC must now decide whether to do the same with this dog grooming contest.
On the plus side, it’s cheap to make (at least, it very much looks like it is) and it has attracted steady if unspectacular ratings in a tricky slot.
On the minus side, it has stoked animal rights activists who have loudly concluded that it promotes dog cruelty and that a nation of children will be digging out hairspray and paint pens to give Rover a makeover when mum and dad aren’t looking.
To be fair, Sheridan handled it all with impressive grace. If Pooch Perfect achieves nothing else it will have at least confirmed Sheridan possesses enough warmth and ready wit to host any light entertainment show the BBC may care to throw her way.
I mean, I’m not suggesting anyone is leaving Strictly Come Dancing any time soon.
But, y’know, if they were…
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