Jedward perform with Vanilla Ice and Craig Gazey steals the show at the National TV Awards...

Are the National TV Awards actually sponsored by The X Factor this year? I only ask because since settling down on my sofa I can’t tell if I’ve stepped back in time a few months and I’m watching the reality show or it is actually a glittering night of TV’s biggest stars [copyright Trevor MacDonald] as promised.

From kicking off with a sketch with Simon Cowell, we were then greeted by Dermot ‘give us a hug’ O’Leary. This was swiftly followed by Joe McElderry singing the only song he performs that doesn’t send me into a coma.

If that wasn’t enough there was then a special appearance from the X Factor voiceover man followed swiftly by a performance by Jedward. I am still not a fan and I don’t care what you say. I will however big up the return of Vanilla Ice. He’s still got it. I used to know all the words to Ice, Ice Baby when I was 11. I’m quite pleased I no longer do though.

I did like Simon Cowell’s praise of Arlene Phillips and Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole’s fashion choices were great. I want to see Cheryl on the lash with the Loose Women at the after party. The sight of them all on the rampage celebrating their victory would be an awesome and terrifying sight.

There were very few surprises at the awards. Ant and Dec, Gavin and Stacey, Doctor Who and [surprise, surprise] The X Factor all romped to victory as expected, while Corrie won best soap on the awards shown on ITV1.

I also officially have David Tennant overload. I swear he was on every single TV show over Christmas and then kept pitching up tonight. Enough now David, enough.

I was however pleased that Lacey Turner won her category and that the legend that is Stephen Fry justly won the Outstanding Contribution award. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer man, although I could have done with a little less of Prince Charles and Daniel Radcliffe telling him what a smshing chap he is.

However, highlight of the whole evening has to go to Corrie’s Craig Gazey who won the best newcomer award. I’ve always loved Graham in Corrie, but his acceptance speech was inspired. From raving about getting a hug from Dermot, jumps around a bit, goes on for a very long time and even puts out a plea appealing to any casting directors out there that he can also ‘do serious’. Genius. Craig Gazey, I salute you!


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The full list of this year’s winners:

Entertainment Presenters – Ant and Dec

Comedy Programme – Gavin and Stacey

Outstanding Serial Drama Performance – Lacey Turner, EastEnders

Most Popular Star Travel Documentary – Stephen Fry in America

Most Popular Newcomer – Craig Gazey, Coronation Street

Most Popular Entertainment Programme – Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Most Popular Drama – Dr Who

Most Popular Factual Programme – Loose Women

Most Popular Talent Show – X Factor

Outstanding Drama Performance – David Tennant, Dr Who