To be honest, it’s probably what Simon Cowell wants: newspaper headlines. As they say, any publicity is good publicity.
But Britain’s Got Talent is in the midst of fresh controversy today as it has emerged that finalists, The Loveable Rogues, were fast tracked through auditions after being spotted on YouTube.
Viewers were led to believe that The Loveable Rogues were going through the normal audition process with all the other contestants however it appears that isn’t the case.
The trio won the audience vote on Tuesday night’s semi-final and are now in Saturday night’s final. They were praised by all the judges for their originality and talent for songwriting however they admitted yesterday that they were in fact contacted by the show to take part. Until then, they not considered entering the series until they were approached.
An insider defended the show by saying they were not “fast-tracking” any of the acts and added that none of the judges are aware of how each contestant gets their place on the show. They added that contestants were contacted by “many routes,” while defending that, “Every act is auditioned on their merits.”
A spokesman for the show added, “To ensure we leave no stone unturned in our search for the best talent, we let people know about auditions in lots of ways – from ads in local papers to fliers distributed at festivals. As part of this normal process, we may inform some acts about the auditions. These acts still have to apply and go through the same process as every other act. All acts are auditioned on their own merits and the judges then decide who goes through to the live shows.”
So do you think BGT is a fix?
While at first, I’ll admit I was disappointed to hear about “fix” claims but then again, without this, we wouldn’t have found The Loveable Rogues who we love!
As the years go on, while funny at first, I’m bored of all the silly acts, who to be fair don’t really have a talent and are just there for the entertainment factor. We won’t name names but we know you know who we mean.
The best thing about The Voice audition process for me was that everyone was invited to audition after being found by researchers; whether by word of mouth, social media, other auditions, but it meant that everyone was actually good. They could all sing. And that’s what I want to see now on BGT now – talented acts. While they don’t do this now, I can only hope they will in the future and surely this is a way of getting talent in?
What do you think? Do you like the silly acts? While we’re at it, what do you think about the number of entries this year being contestants who don’t live in Britain? It is called Britain’s Got Talent after all right?
While many of the acts from abroad are great and I have enjoyed watching them but it does defy the name of the show which insinuates the talent is from Britain. Is this a big issue for you or not?