Which of these five girls, just scraped in by the skin of her teeth, based on singing talent?
Which one dances with less thrust and sway, self consciously, glancing at the monitor to see how dorky she looks?
The ginger one with the big nose, bow legs and too many freckles.
So why is it, I cant remember what the others look like? Why do I always want the camera to pick her out more on TV? Why is she so fascinating?
I thought it was just me again.
Last night at work we were discussing the joy that would come of being slowly dunked into a steaming hot vat of freshly buttered 'Pussy Cat Dolls'. When someone said, "or Girls Aloud."
Suddenly every one was saying how sexy Nicola was.
I checked this out with the guys in the laboratory, same result. Nicola's the sexy one.
Sexy? I think not. Fascinating? Yes.
Just look at her (far left) in the picture. Look at the body language. No pout or flash of teeth, even balance of the hips, no thrust. It's as if she's posing for a photo taken by her aunt.
So is it her seeming attainability? The girl next door thing.
Possibly, but I don't think so.
It can't be her dancing. I mean Sophie Ellis Bexter can't dance, but her dancing is confident and sexy in a minimalist kind of way. Nicola looks like she's only just learned the moves and is merely consolidating the order in her mind.
Part of it I think is the look. The others are so perfect they could never be truly attractive. All samey.
I despair sometimes at young American teenagers, all tweaking themselves with surgery to look like a young Farah Fawcett. That perfect, but oh so bland look.
British advertisers get it. Just look at their models and actresses. Big noses. (noses are the best feature to have a flaw in because they count for so little in the overall look) short upper lip, like Cameron Diaz.
You have to have some flaw to be sexy.
Take Michael Strachan. Guys think she's really cute, and yet her face looks like a caricature.
There is one other aspect to Nicola's allure.
Vulnerability. I just want to give her a big hug and tell her it's OK she can do it.
Now I've found out she's fine as it is. Keep on looking like you're a checkout girl who's won the chance to perform with her favorite girl band in a glossy magazine competition. Guys love it. Makes them think if they dated you, they would feel more manly.
Tell me. Are you as surprised by this as I am?
On a different note, but equally surprising.
Following my 'Bum Shag' post. A quick straw poll last night revealed that a majority of those willing to comment, said they'd not tried it but yes, were up for it.
We're talking butch steel workers here.
So maybe you'd better be getting the 'Bend Over Boyfriend' DVD, to please your man.
If you try it out and 'tool up' for the job, one word.