The Trouble Of Talent-Searching Television
“For the last time it is pronounce couple not cuple” There are many things wrong with Saturday night T.V., one is the B.B.C. employing regional accents to boost viewer ratings and the other is I.T.V. for giving false-hope to anyone who thinks they can sing.
Last night Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor finally ended, with certified B-lister Alesha Dixon and miserable Scot Leon Jackson taking the crowns. Both are now, set to serve life sentences of daytime T.V. interviews, re-union shows and in time be part of Never Mind The Buzzcock’s “Identity Parade” round.
The two shows ability to spit out (and regurgitate) flagging celebrities back into stardom is quite alarming. More concerning is that these two “talent” shows are now the flagship of reality television. However where The X Factor prides itself upon contestants from families who probably have businesses in the Yellow Pages; Strictly is more class conscious situs judi slot promo terbaru.
This series contestants have been born in the near-Southern counties of Kent, (Kelly Brook), Hertfordshire (Letitia Dean), Suffolk (Brian Chapman). Quintessentially this makes Strictly appeal to the middle class, to people who pay for T.V. licenses, who stay in on Saturday nights. These people won’t be at the pub watching Rugby League on Sky Sports but sipping wine in the vicinity of their detached suburban houses. Though there is this evidence of “class consciousness” from the BBC there is always an objection to every rule. In this case it is the humble upbringings of co-presenter Tess Daly from Stockport, North-West England.
Subjects such as Mrs. Vernon Kay conform, as always, to the Beeb’s over-used recipe for success. Accents – check, Modified Received Pronunciation – check, ethnic minorities – check, as well as every other grey-area of modern society are all force-fed to the audience. Even the dancers diversify the international void inexistent in the “famed” British celebrities. The females particularly, with surnames such as Kopylova and Cacace, bare skin as if there British passports depended on it.
Even early round contestants of The X Factor all too frequently strip themselves to a naked body of dignity: and thankfully nothing else. When the show reaches its 12 finalists, the judges are all too eager to toot their own horn. Bias never validates public opinion, even if it has been subject to scrutiny because of phone-in scandals in this post-Richard and Judy era. Though this could be beneficial when the Eurovision comes around, at the moment it is de-valuing the term “winner”.
The fact that these shows are over-exposed too worries me. What are the B.B.C. doing with taxpayer’s money? Strictly … It Takes Two has a mid-week daily slot whilst The Xtra Factor broadcasts straight after the live show. Though they provide hype and exposure, these “complementary” shows are just surely to fill out presenter’s employment contracts.
So whilst the two talent shows are either finding the crème of the British public or of that of flagging celebrities fame status, they are further creating stereotypes of reality t.v., and more worryingly British Culture. Do we really want to see over-weight, tattooed, females on prime-time terrestrial television? Probably yes, but deep down you know it can’t be good for foreigners’ perceptions of the British.