METRO NEWS – SIXTY SECOND INTERVIEWS.
A regular daily feature in the Free Metro News in which celebrities are asked for a short snappy interview, which will take readers approximately a minute to read. The basic question and answer format works well, and many quite impressive A-List stars have contributed interviews. Tony Blair (Prime minister), Tim Henman (tennis player) actress Kelly Brook, and singer, Betty Boo, have all contributed their answers to a variety of journalists. Generally, the questions are lightweight and non-too critical. Betty Boo for example is described as having dropped off the pop scene, but she is not challenged about the fact that it happened when she was caught miming at a live concert she was giving. Sometimes the questions get a little too trivial. Interviewing the Prime Minister should not involve cheerfully asking him when he last had a hangover. The questions for him mainly focus on the 2012 Olympics, and though Blair himself mentions it just once, there is no real attempt to grill him over the Bush-Blair alliance or the role he has played in The War On Terror. The interviews work best when dealing with stars who are not eager to plug their latest films and shows. It is interesting to see the interviews on a review day when the interview praises the star while the review itself slates their work mercilessly. There are a few exceptions, such as when Kelly Brook is told how rubbish she was on Celebrity Love Island, (as a presenter) She later clearly loses her temper when asked about her ex-lover, Jason Startham, and insists that the interviewer gets back to asking about her promotion of her own line in swimwear fashion. The interviews are entertaining quickies, rather than an in depth insight into the rich, famous and occasional star of yesteryear. The column is always worth a look. Sometimes there are additional questions from the stars on the Metro website, which means that a/. The interviews themselves take more than 60 seconds and b/. Reading the additional material may take a second minute of your time, but that is no great hardship.
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