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ITV accused of “political correctness gone mad” over All Star Musicals lyric change

They switched up the words to a well-known song

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ITV has been accused of “political correctness gone mad” after changing a lyric to a well-known song on All Star Musicals.

Comedian and presenter Joel Dommett took on Corny Collins’ song Nicest Kids in Town from hit musical Hairspray.

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Joel’s performance impressed, but the lyric change didn’t (Credit: ITV)
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The lyrics feature the line: “And once a month we have negro day”, but last night Joel sang “once a month we have party day” instead.

Fans weren’t impressed with the change and couldn’t understand why ITV had done it.

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Joel sold the part (Credit: ITV)
The musical explores the themes behind racial prejudice, segregation and inequality in 1960s Baltimore.

In it lead character teenager Tracy Turnblad is fighting for integration.

After Joel’s performance, disgruntled viewers vented their frustration with the decision on Twitter.

The show saw John Barrowman host as six celebs took to the stage to sing hits from the musicals.

West End legend Elaine Paige, Strictly’s Kevin Clifton, Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, and Aladdin star Trevor Dion Nicholas were handing out the scores.

Coronation Street’s Daniel Brocklebank, broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh, money expert Martin Lewis, Only Fools and Horses actress Tessa Peake Jones, I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp host Joel Dommett, comedian London Hughes, and Emmerdale actress Amy Walsh all took to the stage to impress.

Corrie’s Daniel was crowned the winner (Credit: ITV)

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After high praise from the judges for his performance of From Now On from The Greatest Showman, and a maximum 20 stars out of 20, Corrie’s Daniel was crowned the winner.

Ent Daily has contacted ITV for comment.

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