I cannot believe Danielle won the round the world trip and by default, was deemed to have been the person who’d most changed their attitude and who’d “grown up” more than the others.
There was absolutely no evidence of Danielle having done either of those things, either in the final show or indeed, the preceding shows. In the final show, she was still pretty much incapable of anything, still swearing her head off at anyone or anything that wouldn’t do what she wanted and still had a total inability to accept responsibility.
The parents in the last show were annoying too. During the segment where we saw them discussing the final task – which had been making-over three flats with the ‘kids’ as project managers – pretty much everyone agreed that making teenagers project managers was too tall an order. So why do it then?
The deciding factor in making Danielle winner seemed to be that she’d asked her mentor during the makeover task if he would take the reins as she wasn’t able to organise her troop of volunteers. This was applauded by the parents and they believed this showed her burgeoning maturity in admitting that she couldn’t do something. But my argument is that she didn’t even try!
We saw her hiding out in the bathroom and ineffectually wielding a cloth around with about as much direction as a blind, three legged donkey. We also saw her having her trademark verbal paddies when she was told off or something happened that she didn’t like. Meanwhile, Dina and Dogan were making supreme efforts, and in my opinion, Dogan did exceptionally well at his task.
He was under pressure and the focus was all on him seeing it through, and he did so without getting angry and without chucking in the towel at the first of many hurdles, so why wasn’t that acknowledged properly?
The ‘rules’ about who gets booted and who doesn’t have always been ambiguous in this show, but voting Danielle to win is just plain stupid. I – and several other people I’ve encountered who have an opinion – believe that Dogan should have won. So why didn’t he?
I suspect that it’s because his parents can afford to send him on a round the world trip if they wished to. Ditto for Dina’s dad, so Danielle was the only one of the three finalists who, if she didn’t win, had no chance of going on that trip.
It’s the only reasonable explanation because – even with the ever shifting goalposts that we’ve witnessed in this series – Danielle hadn’t improved anywhere near as much as Dogan had.
Cries of ‘FIX!’ are still resonating around my living room, and granted, there was only me here to shout it when I caught up with the final show on iPlayer, but nonetheless, I really can’t believe that Danielle won for the right reasons.
What do you think?