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So You Think You Can Judge?

It’s true what they say, there’s no business like show business!

Image courtesy of Pixomar / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Pixomar / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Performing to a mix of ages, nationalities and tastes in music is hard work to keep everyone entertained. And with talent programmes like Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor taking over our weekend telly, there is a new brand of audience member brewing! The Ones Who Judge! Yes, they’ve sat in every Saturday night glued to Simon Cowell and suddenly believe they have miraculously morphed into him!

Are these talent shows tainting entertainers that travel from pub to club every weekend, trying hard to make a living? Can we not like a singer without being given a sob story before they perform? Or is it that it is now impossible to enjoy live music that isn’t ‘Something we haven’t seen before’?

These shows are edited in a way that when you see a contestant, even before they perform, you’ll already know whether they will be talented or not. The show makes that decision for you, by the music they choose, or part of an interview with the contestant that is aired. It’s very easy to know which contestants will make it to the live shows. And that’s not just from the pound signs that appear in Mr Cowell’s eyes.

Without that subtle guidance, have audience members suddenly lost the ability to know what is entertaining in their own minds? Or is it just that watching a panel of judges every week has made them more judgemental, has given them higher standards?

On talent shows, the contestants make out that all they have ever wanted to do it win ‘The X factor’, and that it’s every singers dream. But some entertainers are happy with where they are, and find themselves lucky if they can make a living by doing what they do best, without the help of ITV.

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