Britain’s Favourite 80’s Songs on Channel 5 featured all our pop favourites except for Madonna as explicit photos and sexy shenanigans trash the Like a Virgin star’s musical legacy
If you were watching any of those compilation shows that air in the weird gap between Christmas and New Year, you may have spotted a little gem.
These programmes usually get on my nerves. It seems pretty much anything goes to fill the terrestrial TV schedule in this quiet period. But Channel 5 had Britain’s Favourite 80’s Songs, as voted for by the public.
It had everything from obscure one-hit wonders to mega stars such as Elton John, Boy George, The Police, Cher and Tina Turner.
There was one exception though. And Who’s That Girl? Who would have imagined not enough people would vote for Madonna to be included?
I’ve watched in horror for the last few years as she destroys her legacy – a legacy like no other.
She was a unique ground-breaking female artist, in front of and behind the camera. Her constant reinventions kept the world on its toes and the fans loved her.
But for the past five years or so I’ve watched in sadness as the once-savvy style icon has turned herself into what would pass for an old hooker touting for business on a lonely street.
It started to get worse in the first Covid lockdown when she posted rambling videos about having been reduced to room service and missing aspects of her favourite things – all from her bath tub.
From there she graduated to desperate attention-seeking photoshoots, each tackier, and featuring fewer clothes, than the last.
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One was so explicit it was banned from Instagram for a few days.
Each time I saw her slide further from her iconic status, in what looked like a hopeless attempt to recapture her youth.
The 63-year-old even photoshopped herself into a sexy shoot with daughter Lourdes, aged 25. Not only did she look so airbrushed a DNA test would be required to recognise her, but trying to upstage your own daughter is not on.
The state of her image is heartbreaking for me. I loved her as a teen and right into my early 30s.
It was great when she came back with her album Confessions on a Dancefloor which took her back to number one – fully dressed and cooler than ever.
My wish for her New Year resolution is to get a team around her like Cher or Tina have, which can show her trying to be young is the one thing that makes you look old.
The fact none of her records made that 1980s list shows you I’m not the only one annoyed by her.
Put your boobs away, Madge and get back to doing what we loved you for – singing.