The Only Way Is Essex. That’s it. Another series done and dusted. They don’t half come to an end rather quickly don’t they?
It’s certainly been an interesting one, that’s for sure.
When Series 17 first began I was feeling positive about its success, I had a good feeling. Has this good feeling continued throughout the 17th series?
Well, in a word, yes. I think it has. For me, it’s been the best series in quite a while.
It’s always difficult when a long established series like TOWIE welcomes new ‘characters’ into the fold, especially given one of them is a Reality TV show pro in the form of feisty Megan McKenna.
Megan’s introduction to The Only Way Is Essex received mixed reviews. Some loved her while others were very much unsure. I enjoyed watching her in Celebrity Big Brother at the beginning of the year and hoped we’d see more of the same stuff in TOWIE.
Except we didn’t really did we?
Megan certainly seemed keen to change the audience’s perception of her. She seemed more considered and less keen on being embroiled in drama.
Well, that was until she found herself right in the middle of something of a love triangle.
Definite villain of the series must be awarded to Jake Hall. Do I think he did the dirty with Megan? No, I don’t but by his own admission, he’s been less than faithful to the lovely (if slightly dull) Chloe Lewis over the years. As beautiful as Jake is (and I really do think he is) he is a total cad. Cast your mind back to him bare face lying about indulging in a drunken snog with ex cast member Lauren Pope. His letter to Chloe wasn’t exactly the work of Wordsworth either was it? It’s WROTE Jake. I WROTE YOU A LETTER. Not writ. Tit. Although, I’ll forgive you just this once as you do have the most gorgeous bouncy locks that remind me of Hugh Grant c.1997.
Talking of beautiful beings, I fell even deeper in love with Pete Wicks this series. Especially when he mouthed something rather inappropriate (and absolute filth) across the table to new love interest Megan. Now, ‘Pegan’ as they are referred to as, are official I wouldn’t be surprised if we can look forward to a bit of drama in the next series where these two are concerned, especially as they’re both jetting off on separate holidays. I’ll be honest though, I’m a bit disappointed with the amalgamation of their names to create the moniker Pegan.
Oh Pete, you dirty so and so, you!!
I think ‘Meat’ would have been a far more imaginative nickname.
Of course, it wouldn’t be TOWIE if there wasn’t a sprinkling of cringe added to the mix. This series it mainly came in the form of Gatsby and his ‘burgeoning rapping career’. I’ll be honest here Gatsby, I don’t think the ‘Hele Skank’ will be taking off anytime soon. Nor do I think Jay Z has anything to worry about but you can’t knock the bloke for trying. At least he’s not going down the ever predictable route of bringing out a clothing range to capitalise on his new found fame.
One of the main storylines this series focussed around Danni and Lockie. Would they get back together? Would anyone care if they did? Well, let me tell you now I did. I cared. OK, so I got a little bored at times with the constant toing and froing between them. One minute Danni wanted to reconcile, then Lockie wanted to but Danni wanted space. However, I’ll admit a little smile spread across my face last night whilst watching them reunite. I’ve found myself growing more and more fond of Lockie as the series progressed and they really do make a great couple. Let’s just hope that’s it now, I don’t think viewers will be too impressed if we have to follow the ups and downs yet again.
The addition of Chloe M and Courtney caused a little controversy, certainly among the female cast members. At first, I quite liked them, however as the series developed, I couldn’t help but feel they were doing themselves zero favours with the OTT sarcasm and bitchiness. Taking all that into account, I couldn’t help but feel a little sorry for Chloe M when she confronted Mike Hassini (you been working out Mike? You could never tell) in the middle of a hardware store (of all places). Although if you’re going to insult someone Chloe, at least get it right love. “You’re as dry as a wet fish” ain’t the one.
While it was nice to see Ferne come back for a ‘cameo’ now her new presenting career has taken off, I don’t think TOWIE is the show for her anymore, both parties have moved on and that really came across on screen for me.
I can’t, however, say it was nice to see Gemma back on our screens on occasion. Regular Our Rach Blogs readers will know I’ve not exactly been Gemma’s biggest fan over the years. Her short but not so sweet return during the finale wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been, however I’m largely of the opinion she was swinging that Pendulum herself.
Something I’m not quite sure of is why Billie Faiers is still on TOWIE. She hasn’t ever really had a storyline during the 5 years she’s been on the show and that’s even more apparent these days. The camera will often pan to her face and it looks as blank as a sheet of paper. I can’t help but wonder if she wishes she was listening to anything other than being involved in a convo about Danielle Armstrong’s bottom mould that’s hanging with pride in Chloe Sims shop.
Debbie, for me, will always be the standout star of The Only Way Is Essex. I just love her. I love how supportive she is towards all the younger cast members, how up for a laugh she is and her friendship with Carol is something to be admired. You could tell just how difficult it was for Carol to be filming TOWIE so soon after her Mum’s terribly sad death. Nanny Pat, you’re most certainly missed.
PS. If anyone knows where Lewis Bloor is, please get in touch. He’s been MIA for a good few weeks now with absolutely no confirmation as to why.
Where’ve you gone love??