My nomination for the Most Ludicrous TV Invitation of the Year.
Slash of the US hard rock band Guns N' Roses has been invited to take part in the BBC1 show Just The Two Of Us - the very nadir of cheesy "talent" shows. Hosted by the elephantine big-mouth Vernon Kay and the somnambulant Tess Daly, it pairs star singers with C-listers who perform duets through the week before a panel of judges. The result is the aural equivalent of a milk van crashing into a cattery.
This is a bit like inviting Pete Doherty to play Maria in The Sound of Music. A producer from the show writes to Slash in all innocence:
"I understand that Slash must have a very tight schedule but we could work around this and the celebrity will be coached by a vocal coach so the onus wouldn't be solely on Slash to make the duet work .... At the moment, we would like to find out if Slash is interested and available to take part in the show. We will also be paying a substantial fee for his participation in the show ...."