So with the return of Britain's Got Talent next Saturday (15th) are we still loving the tv talent show?
It's not a new thing, these shows have been around for years really, I go back to the days of Opportunity Knocks and New Faces where legends such as Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry, Pam Ayres and Les Dawson were discovered. A panel of celebrities, like today voted on a favourite act but before that it was down to a clapometer, imagine that? Your talent determined by how loud people can clap!
Now we have very high profile celebrities and Simon Cowell who make more fuss and take over the shows with their status rather than concentrating on the actual contestants. Britains got Talents remains popular still, probably as you can never go wrong with Ant and Dec as presenters and it is a bit of fun but if I see one more dancing, performing dog in the final I may boycott it forever.
The Voice seems a little bit more serious and dedicated to the wannabe star than X Factor, whether that is down to the format. I prefer the fact that they don't know what someone looks like and can only hear a voice rather than make any judgements about people on appearance. When everyone saw Susan Boyle for the first time, she was judged even before she opened her mouth and sang, I'm glad she did, as it rendered everyone in shock. You never judge a book by a cover, but in life people do tend to do just that.
BGT does follow the old style talent show and does branch out to a range of different acts and we even like a giggle at the people who clearly have not been told that their act is not very good from the trusted members of their family but I like a 'tryer' and someone who gives it a go anyway. It's not easy and they are braver than me, I couldn't do it.
The jury is still out for me on the 'find a star for the latest musical' type of show. It's a good chance for someone to audition and it makes us see the process it may take for producers of musicals to make that decision but I'd like to see more of a 'fly on the wall' type of documentary about auditions and how it really is rather than some edited talent show. For me it would just be a change.
Who votes in these programmes? Someone must. I always think if you don't vote then you can't complain about the result. I suppose that's the excitement of the whole idea, that you want your favourite to win. I do wonder whether all the people who vote go and buy the winners single or support the performing dog after the show has ended, social media makes that possible or you can wait for Simon Cowell to commission a dreadful movie involving said dog.
I'm not a great fan, as you can probably tell. I dip in now and again to see if anyone impresses me. Don't get me wrong there have been some great performers and vocalists but for some shows I just think they have had their time or need a further revamp. Maybe I should just join with the great British public and enter into the spirit. I may well try.
Enjoy the tv for the week and I will be back next week to review BGT and the brilliant Car Share which returns on Tuesday (11th), really looking forward to that!
Take care for now, thanks for reading and come back tomorrow for Music Monday.
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