Keith Lemon is the next âcelebrityâ due for a squeezing by the reality TV machine.
Despite not actually owning a passport or leading a ârealâ life, the strawberry-blonde extravert is set to take part in a new ITV2 reality show.
According to a report by Broadcast magazine, the show will be âa cross between Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Iâm Alan Partridgeâ?; an alarming prospect to say the least.
In the grand tradition of quirkily-named Lemon shows (Celebrity Juice and Lemonaid have already proved a success for the star), the reality series has a working title of âLemon La Vida Locaâ and is due to track Keith throughout a âhugely eventful yearâ which will include his first film appearance.
The character â a creation by comedian Leigh Francis â was originally a character in the 2002 series Boâ Selecta! alongside such recognisable parodies as Michael Jackson and Craig David . He later starred in his own 2008 reality show called Keith Lemonâs Very Brilliant World Tour, but failed to make an impact on audience affections.
Dan Baldwin of Talkback called Francis a âcomedy genuisâ and spoke of the controversial comedianâs surprise success with Saturday night audiences. Lemonaid has proved a huge hit on the mainstream channel, he said.
âTaking Keith, whoâs seen as rude and crude, and putting him on Saturday teatime is a bold step,â he told Broadcast magazine. âBut weâve got more than three million viewers â Harry Hill didnât get that until series four or fiveâ?.
Last month it was reported that Lemon was up for a Corrie cameo. “Enough!”, we cry here at OTB. “Enough of the ginger man”.
But do you think we have more room for Lemon-lovinâ in our weekly schedule? Or have things got way to juicy for their own good? Let us know your thoughtsâ¦