Neighbours Lily Allen Review: It’s Not Us, It’s You

November 9, 2009 by  
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tv-stars-2halfNEIGHBOURS: Tuesday 10th November, Five, 1:45pm/5:30pm

Taking a break from her increasingly militant stance against illegal file-sharers, Lily Allen will be slipping off to Ramsay Street, Erinsborough for Tuesday’s much-anticipated episode of Neighbours.

The double platinum singer allegedly grew up watching the Aussie soap opera.

Fans have been buzzing about the cameo since the Smile singer’s tweet in June, which read: “Ok, so I did my scene. Me and doctor Karl get our flirt on. Quite funny.” Since then, the ongoing debate has been whether or not Allen will be playing herself or a fictional character. And big surprise, she takes on–none other than–studio guest Lily Allen in Zeke Kinski’s PirateNet radio show, “Lost Boy.”

The prevailing theme of this episode appears to be “crazy control freaks.” Zeke fights off the urge to organize table condiments and Dr. Karl’s domineering mentality as co-host, whilst Kate–determined to get to the bottom of Harry’s odd behavior–spies and then interrogates her brother for answers. It is all so melodramatic and irritating.

Thank goodness for Lily Allen. Given the fact that she is playing herself, we can not be too hard on her blasé acting. Really, her expressionless dialogue is quite refreshing compared to her melodramatic cast-mates. Too bad the marketed “flirt with Dr. Karl” proves greatly underrated.

The highlight of the long-awaited episode is the snippet of Allen singing “22” live. And since she is allegedly taking time off from music indefinitely, I guess we have to take what we can get.

Danielle Jacoby