Mika at the MTV Europe Music Awards

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I don’t get Mika. I don’t get his music, I don’t get him in interviews, I don’t get his dated ‘showman’ posturing, his constant mugging to camera or his self-satisfied manner. That’s all, of course, fine: I don’t have to like him. But what really bothers me is that I don’t get is why he doesn’t look better.

He’s got all the right ingredients: good colouring, cheekbones which could cut butter, great hair and a long-limbed skinny body which should look good in nearly everything. He also seems to be willing to wear most things and can carry them off with aplomb. In fact I’d go so far as to say with panache. I would, I’d say panache!

And yet I feel like he always gets it slightly wrong.

This outfit which he wore to last night’s MTV Europe Music Awards
just doesn’t work. The T-shirt is too small and annoyingly cute. The
jacket is ok. It’s a good colour, but if you’re going to wear something
that tailored and snug, I think you should wear it with something a bit
looser and free-flowing than those tight jeans. I appreciate the
thought behind the brooch, which according to Mika cost $6.5 million
(they saw you coming, Mika) but it’s the wrong brooch on the wrong

It’s not that he looks terrible, he just should look better. If he’d
been dealt a tough genetic hand, I wouldn’t mind as much – it’s just I
think he could look brilliant and doesn’t. As John Cleese said in
Clockwise “It’s not the despair. I can take the despair, it’s the hope
I can’t stand.”

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