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Britain's Got Talent
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Britain's Got Talent
Date: 24/05/13, updated on 25/05/13 (21 review reads)
Advantages: Its fun, entertaining and always something different!
Disadvantages: Doesn't last long enough.
Britain's Got Talent was first set to broadcast in 2005 but was postponed until 2007 due to The Hit Show America's Got Talent. It doesn't matter who you are, how old you are or what your apparent talent is, everything is welcome onto a show like this.
With 3 Judges from the Start Simon Cowell the boss of many famous Talent Shows, with big opinions and a big smile if you get it right, he is the boss of any talent show he judges! Piers Morgan mostly famous for a lot of his work in America, hard to impress but I believe a good asset to the Judging panel although at times could be very bland and same old. Who could forget the beautiful Amanda Holden, sweet, quirky and really connects with a lot of the contestants. Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden have stuck it out in The Talent show since it started (Simon missed the auditions in series 6 due to other work commitments in America). Piers left the show in 2011 due to commitments with a new show in America. Who can forget that Ant and Dec are the presenters of the show! A genius idea in my opinion to have these two men working together in the fun filled talent show!
Just like many other Talent Shows it doesn't matter how good you are if you can't squeeze into the demanding life as a celebrity becoming famous on a programme like this just isn't right for you. Whether they can cut it in the world of the media industry is a completley different story. We are all still used to the occasional sob story, although the set up of the show doesn't change each series, the type of contestant most certainly varies. It isn't like a singing competition you never know what to expect or who might walk on the stage next and what on earth could they be doing. There is some excitement to this programme you just never know what to expect next, will the next act make you cry? laugh hysterically? or just leave your jaw dropped.
The only issue I personally have with the show is because the judges in later rounds aren't pitched against each other and have to work together to put acts through they all do get on pretty well and have a giggle with each other. Yes its nice to see them laughing but it is nice for viewers to also see an arguement hear and there even if it is just for effect people always like a bit of drama!
Series 1 2007- The winner of series 1 was incredible and a great start for the new UK Talent Show. We all doubt these sort of shows to start yes they are cheesy but they are addictive and we do all hope that the contestants wow us and do well! Paul Potts used to work in a Phone Shop for several years, a large man with a sad looking face, as most cynical people do like myself I assumed he would be rubbish and didn't pay much attention to his introduction until he started to sing. Beautiful Opera voice that felt like it came from nowhere came from his mouth! He received a standing ovation from the audience ad all the judges and has gone on to sell debut albums in his name. This series received just over 8.2 million viewers on average. I personally think looking back at the list of contestants in the show Paul is by far the best winner and most deserving, all the other acts aren't really that recognisble even more.
Series 2 2008- George Sampson a teenage boy with a big dream appeared on the show, he is extremley talented and a fantastic Street dancer. He won the show at the age of only 14 with an unforgettable final performance to 'Singing In The Rain'. This year the Talent Show had more people appyling and over double the amount of people in the semi's to the year before, but again this year the stand out act had to be George. It was obvious from this series who the winner was likely to be. The series had on average ratings of over 10 million.
Series 3 2009- Susan Boyle an older lady, who had absolutely no fashion sense, a cringey sense of humour and a rather unique voice, did Britain proud. This is something that will never be forgotten in all of Britain's Got Talent history. She started to sing and sounded like a professional, she sand 'I dreamed a dream' from Les Miserables. In my opinion I was very cynical when she first came onto the stage and I believe the judges admitted it to as they sniggered at her before she started to sing. Susan now has the nickname of SuBo blew the great british public away and received a standing ovation from the audience and the Judges (The original Simon, Amanda and Piers). She has had over 20 Million Youtube views for her first audition. She was that good that she was even talked about right the way up to America. She was tipped to win the show but lost out to Talented and Diverse street dance crew Diversity. Diversity won the show against 9 other acts with over 204% of the overall vote. Diversity are a tight street dance crew who were up against acts similar to theirs such as Flawless, but with their cutting edge performance, sweet and deserving attitude they won it! If I'm honest I think Susan thought she would win simply because of all the press she had and the massive reaction she had. Overall this show had a massive amount of viewers with over 13.3 million on average.
Series 4 2010- Spelbound won this series of BGT against 9 other acts with a massive 37% of the vote. Spelbound are a gymnastic/dance crew with brave choreographed routines. Spelbound also performed twice for the Olympics last year in London. They are good at what they do in my opinion but people forget who they are these days, after the Royal Variety performance people forgot about them. I'd say this was in my opinion one of the weaker series of BGT out of the 4 so far, most of the final acts aren't that well remembered these days. Twist and Pulse another dance crew excelled in the competition and even had a Sky tv show after but after that it all sort of went disappointingly downhill. This series again had the 3 original judges Amanda, Piers and Simon but also brought along Louis Walsh for some of the auditions, in my eyes his opinion really didn't make much of a difference. This series brought in on average about 11 million viewers.
Series 5 2011- Jai McDowall winner of this series, I had to actually search up who the winner of this series was because in my opinion he wasn't really anything incredible. I think a lot of singers who go on this show are on the wrong talent show and have more chance at success on a music talent show. Ronan Parke who was against Jai McDowall in the final and finished in second place was tipped to win the show which does make you think was it fixed and planned for the underdog to win it? Jai won with 29% of the vote. In this series the funny thing was the top 3 acts were all singers as well! The series average of viewers was around the 9.5 million mark. This was also the year the judging panel was finally shaken up a bit, Simon Cowell took a step back for the years auditions and appeared again in the Live shows and left Amanda Holden in charge with the help of newly appointed judge David Hasselhoff an American citizen who was a judge on America's got talent, the only problem with 'The Hoff' was he had a few communication issues with the British public and judges, he couldn't understand typical English terms which was funny for the public but annoying for some of the acts and himself. Michael McIntyre (My favourite comedian) a hilarious larger, funnier and camp comedian appeared on the judging panel for the year, he lightens the mood and always has great energy levels, cracking a joke whenever he could. A recipe for weirdness with this unique judging panel, they plotted to put some rubbish acts through to the live shows because Simon wasn't around and boy didn't t work!
Series 6 2012- The most recent BGT series to date and may I say hasn't it been one of the best, another new judging line up to make some fresh changes Alesha Dixon a UK singer had been appointed as a judge as well as David Walliams the comedian other half of Matt Lucas. David and Simon struck up a bromance in this series of BGT David loved Simon and Simon was always irritated by David's behaviour. David awarded Simon his own name by the end of the series which was 'My Simon'. Alesha and Amanda worked well together ganging up against the boys or ganging up with David against Simon.
Another sinical move from the British public this year Jonathan and Charlotte two best friends who do a lot together walked onto the stage, Charlotte a young pretty girl, Jonathan a larger boy who gets bullied at school and picked on a lot. They come and go as a pair, after announcing their act and what they were about to do the audience laughed at the thought of them being any good, the audience were wrong, a fantastic pair of choir/orchestral singers with fabulous voices, only problem is they thought Jonathan was better than Charlotte but they decided to move forward in the competition as a pair and finished in second place with over 25% of the public vote, they also became an internet sensation with over 34 million hits for their first audition alone. The WINNERS of BGT are incredible, Simon has always been a sucker for talented dog acts and wasn't it about time one of them did really well in this competition. Ashley and Pudsey, Ashley a young teenager that studies hard at school and at home and makes time for her best friend her dog Pudsey, Ashley created a fantastic first routine that blew the judges away and who would of thought it their routines got better and better, best winner of this series and in my opinion what was better was the underdog won, bets were all on Jonathan and Charlotte to win! Ashley and Pudsey were also the first acts to win the massive lump sum of money £500,000 compared to the original £100,000, one of the most deserving winners of the show. They won with over 39% of the public vote!
So Britain's Got Talent is currently airing now it is into its 7th Series and hasn't the talent so far been exceptional, if you don't watch it I really think you should give it ago its funny and entertaining. It's one of them things people say that they hate to watch and 'it's boring' or 'our country don't have talent' but really there are always some icredible acts that hit our television screen, some are hysterical, some are awful, some are truly talented but all our entertaining no matter what they are like.
I love the show and I am happy to admit to that, fine not everyone will and it is only in my opinion that it is a great show but looking at the amount of viewers that usually watch the series its true that a lot of people do tune into it. The judges are hilarious and work well together, I do sometimes they say things just for a bit of drama and more ratings, after all they did pitch themselves up againt The Voice UK with the prime time tv spot on a Saturday night. Britain's Got Talent really is a true statement in my mind, yes some people go on there just for 5 minutes of fame and some go on there just for the money but most of all people go on there to showcase their talent to the UK.
There is a lot in it for the winning act they get a great sum of money if they win to do whatever they wish to do with, which for most people will always be a bonus and ore of a reason to try out, for a lot of contestants its money over pride. The winner also gets to perform at the Royal Variety in front of the Queen which is a pretty scary task to complete I must say. But after the Royal Variety performance it is up to the act to find some sort of way to find fame, they need to find a way to get recognised and signed by an agency if they can do this the chances of them succeeding are high. Ashley and Pudsey appeared in the NTA awards of 2013 with a 'Gangnam Style' Routine, short sweet and the audience loved it (I was there!)
Britain's Got Talent is a talent show watched by millions of viewers, it doesn't matter if you win or lose if you are talented people will hear about you. I like the fact the judging panel varies most years and gives it a fresh look. My only critique is there are still to many sob stories as far as I am concerned, I know they are meaningful but because they try to squeeze a story on the contestants life in it means that we can't see as many acts. I understand going into more detail about the acts in the next stage but not through the audition process. Oh! Another thought I worry more about the young children being allowed to appear on the show, one year one of the girls reached the Semi's Live and broke down on the stage not only is it sad to see this happen it can take a lot of time to find a contingency plan. I do think some of the younger children cannot cope with the fame or the pressure and maybe they should contemplate a minimum age restriction.
Well I do also think that the show wouldn't be the same without Ant and Dec as the presenters, they are on our tv's every Saturday night when the show is on and don't the ladies love them! They have a great relationship and they interact well with the contestants and audience. They even laugh along with the rubbish acts and usually egg them on a lot! They bring a different sense of fun to behind the scenes that the audience viewers and most of the judges don't usually get to see.
It is a great talent show and I think the more you watch it the more you learn to love it and almost become addicted to it. The series that is already on tv currently has kicked off to a great new start with some fantastic singers, dance crews and plenty more surprises in store! Tune in for the new series, don't miss out! See for yourself if Britain really has Got Talent!
Summary: One of my favourite talent shows on tv! Suitable for all people with all weird and wonderful talents