When modern reality TV shows first hit our screens, sob stories came out later in the press, shows weren’t scripted plus judges and mentors gave constructive criticism. Nowadays it seems every contender with the slightest hope of becoming famous has a depressingly sad story to tell.
Long gone are the days when people took to the stage without a VT to explain their dyer personal situation. Everything from bullying to a deceased parent is fair game when it comes to someone holding out for fame. Do these stories make a person more talented? No! Are we likely to vote for a mediocre act because a close member of their family has sadly died? I very much doubt it! So why are these self pitying VT’s so prevalent in the likes of BGT and X Factor?
You would have to ask Simon Cowell for the answer but one can only presume he believes they add something to his format.
Peter Kay's ‘Britain's Got the Pop Factor... and Possibly a New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly on Ice’ was a wonderful parody of the modern talent show in which a contestant was deemed not talented enough to enter a competition until a close relative had died. The hopeful was then told of his victory at that family funeral. Sounds over the top but it’s just a pinch away from what could be happening in the near future.
The 2014 Britain’s Got Talent seems more scripted than ever. Simon stating he hated ballroom dancing then on came Paddy & Nico. Simon presses his button to oust them, they immediately turn to look at him and follow up with an impressive act which see’s Amanda Holden hitting the Golden button which fast tracks them in to the BGT semi finals.
Talent scouts are used to grab many of the acts while others trawl the internet looking for likely talent. All is not as it seems but the great British public are becoming more aware of this fakeness yet still tune in to watch.
Why? Because it’s good, clean family entertainment. Britain’s Got Talent is the one reality TV show that reaches all age groups and while the cynics complain about scripting, over editing and dodgy VT’s the rest of the country sit down in entire families to laugh at the horrendous seeking their 30 seconds of fame and appreciate any real talent that comes their way.
2014 Britain’s Got Talent odds - 2014 BGT Betting