50-year-old TV presenter Carol Vorderman has been voted the Rear of the Year. It was a controversial appointment because many thought the award should have gone to Pippa Middleton whose bottom caused such a sensation at the royal wedding.
Competition organiser Tony Edwards offered the following explanation:
There have been quite a lot of votes for Pippa over the period after the royal wedding, but it was less than six weeks from then to now and a lot of other stars had a lot of time to really ratchet up the votes.
The Lostinshowbiz blog suspected he was being economical with the truth however:
I’m afraid there is only one rear in town this year, and it belongs to headline-grabbing arriviste Pippa Middleton. Clearly, this presents some problems for organiser Tony Edwards, and I would have respected him had he said: “Look, we have to give this to someone who will turn up to receive it, wear the unflattering sponsored jeans, and look back cheekily over their shoulder for the classic photo. Pippa ain’t going to do it.
At least Carol was only too happy to do the honours, with Tony Edwards on safer ground when he explained why she deserved the title:
The bottom line, if you want to use that expression, is that if you Google Carol Vorderman’s bottom and stand back, there is a mass of websites dedicated to her rear assets.
His words certainly helped to increase traffic to this site as people tried out his suggestion to google Carol’s bum.
In a 2009 interview Carol said:
We all have, in my family, what we call the ‘Vorderman bottom’ – a sticky out, bigger-than-normal, signature, of the rear variety. It’s been a family joke all our lives.
I know the lines to all the good singalong big bum songs. From Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls to my new favourite by the Arctic Monkeys, Mardy Bum. It’s sod’s law that for half of my time on Countdown I had to stick my largest asset towards the camera as I bent down to grab all those numbers and letters – a BB please Carol!
And on accepting the award she said:
I always suspected there were a lot of people out there who were glad to see the back of me!
I’ve always been more than glad to see the back of Carol, and find it hard to believe she hasn’t won this before now, but what do you think?