"Grease is the word"
Grease is the word, is the word that you heard It's got groove it's got meaning..."And once again that adolescent state of mind is about to invade the public consciousness all over again with the ITV1 premiere of Grease Is The Word, a reality TV series that's searching for the two stars of a West End revival of the 1970s mega-musical. British theatre producer David Ian, who's a judge on the show, says:"My sole aim is to find the best Danny and Sandy we possibly can for a West End show that I've got millions invested in."Ian is joined by 80s pop singer Sinitta, I'm a Celebrity star David Gest and American choreographer Brian Friedman on the Grease Is The Word judging panel, while Zoe Ball will host. It's a dream gig for Zoe."I remember seeing Grease for the first time when I was seven,"she says."I learnt all of the songs off by heart and I just wanted to be one of the pink ladies at Rydell High. I've watched Grease over and over since that special day when I queued for ages outside the cinema, and I'm just as hopelessly devoted to it now."Already, as befits a Simon Cowell co-production, the judges are antagonising each other. Brian says: David Gest is just crazy. I think something's the matter with him... Everything that comes out of his mouth is just disgusting and vile. It's hard to handle."But Grease Is The Word isn't just about the judges'egos - there's also the quest for the perfect British Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski, a search that's already started across the UK, with thousands of wannabes having taken part in the preliminary auditions. They need to be able to sing, dance, act and recreate the original chemistry of the film leads Olivia Newton John and John Travolta. Those who make it through the auditions will win a place on bootcamp. Over the course of three days in bootcamp the hopefuls will be whittled down to just eight couples who will go through to the live stages and the public votes. Then, eventually, one couple will be chosen to be Sandy and Danny - and will have very little time to get ready for the West End premiere in July. It's certainly going to enliven Saturday night TV, going head to head with BBC One's Any Dream Will Do, but Cowell and Ian will hope that it does better than the recent US version, Grease: You'e The One That I Want, which wasn't a huge success, with a meagre six million tuning in for the finale. The enduring appeal of Sandy, Danny, Rizzo, Frenchy and Kenickie should see to that.