Viewers furious as Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen fails to win painting show

Laurence Llewelyn Bowen arriving at the Radio Academy Awards 2014, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, in central London.
Laurence Llewelyn Bowen arriving at the Radio Academy Awards 2014, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, in central London.

Viewers were left furious when Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen failed to win a painting competition.

The Changing Rooms star took part in Celebrity Painting Challenge on BBC One alongside Josie d’Arby and George Shelley.

There was a passionate reaction to the final result of the competition when Llewelyn-Bowen’s painting of a whale skeleton in the Natural History Museum was not victorious.

D’Arby was instead named the winner for her painting of a giraffe.

The decision provoked a surprisingly strong response from viewers who took to Twitter to vent their fury, as Celebrity Painting Challenge began trending.

James Thompson posted: “What an absolute shambles, such a joke so blatant Laurence should’ve won.”

Nicholas Fortescue wrote: “Oh come off it! Lawrence was streets ahead of the other two.”

Cal Oates added: “Maybe I’m uncultured but how on earth did a beautiful painting you could walk into lose to a half painted giraffe?”

The final three celebrities were tasked with capturing the spirit of former Strictly Come Dancing dancers Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone.

They were then asked to create a painting in the Natural History Museum, with d’Arby’s giraffe impressing the judges Daphne Todd and Lachlan Goudie.

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