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common shorthand for a certain sort of exclusivity attracting the tawdriest excesses of snobbery'.
For just being part of the tackiest, tawdriest most revolting show on TV (which is really saying something) and helping the cynics who run Channel 5 to drive down broadcasting standards to a new low.
Apart from a twinge of sadness that the planet's greatest tenor has been reduced to gigging in the planet's tawdriest gaming joint, I'm happy to leave the last word with the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, which enquired what a "tycoon who made his fortune out of piles of cement" knew about musical standards.