TV Quickfire: Denise Van Outen on the new series of Celebrity Gogglebox
Celebrity Gogglebox is back for a second series. We found out more from returning celebrity 'critic' Denise Van Outen...
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RETURN FOR A SECOND SERIES?
I JUST loved it the first time. I mean, who wouldn't? When you're in this situation it's only what we've been doing anyway, sitting down together, watching loads of different things on TV. So yeah, we're at home, and we have a laugh doing it. And the fact they can make it work – obviously you haven't got the crew in your house or anything, you've just got the cameras set up, but it's one of the shows that is still going. It's also nice having a little nose into people's homes.
WHICH CELEBRITIES DID YOU ENJOY WATCHING LAST TIME?
Well, I love Rylan and his mum. I think they're hilarious; she just makes me laugh and those classic lines she comes out with always crack me up. We also love the Eubanks, as well. I loved when they watched Titanic and Chris Eubank was getting all emotional.
IS IT ODD TO BE FILMING WITHOUT A CREW PRESENT?
Not really. They just set the cameras up so there's no cameraman or anything in the room, and actually, it's probably better, because then you forget that you're on telly. If you had a sound guy in the room and a cameraman in the room, then you'd be really aware that you're making a TV show, whereas this way, you don't. You very quickly forget because you just get engrossed in the programme that you're watching.
DO YOU WORRY AFTERWARDS ABOUT THINGS YOU MAY HAVE SAID?
They just use what they want to use, so no, not really. There's never anything offensive but you always forget yourself. We just tend to bicker a little bit, but that's how we are anyway when we watch TV. I think that's why it's so relatable because you're all thinking the same thing and then you're seeing someone who's saying exactly what's in your head. That's probably why it works so well!
WHICH TV SHOWS HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING IN LOCKDOWN?
We watched Netflix's Tiger King at the beginning when everyone was watching it. We've been watching a lot of dramas; we watched Save Me, which we loved, and we've started on series two. A lot of films. I've also watched loads of reality stuff which is my guilty pleasure – stuff like The Real Housewives Of Cheshire, Gemma Collins: Diva On Lockdown, Ferne McCann: First Time Mum… Eddie's not really a fan of [reality TV], so he watches shows like Wheeler Dealers and Salvage Hunters. There's been a lot of repeats on and some new shows too, like Isolation Stories and Reasons To Be Cheerful with Matt Lucas, so it's been good.
HOW DID YOU ENJOY YOUR STINT ON THE MASKED SINGER?
I just loved the concept of it. The fact that it drives you mad because you have no idea [who's behind the mask] and you've just got to try and guess. It's a good game to play. I really enjoyed it and I'd started to work on an album [after], but obviously with everything that's happened that's been put on hold. I also got my own show [Cabaret All Stars with Denise Van Outen] in London off the back of it, but life's on pause, really, at the moment, so I can't really pick up where I left off. We will wait and see!
:: Celebrity Gogglebox returns to Channel 4 on Friday June 5