Now their is no denying we have all seen at least one episode of these TV shows that aim to discover the next big talent for everyone to love. But has it now gotten to the end of the road for these shows?
When they first started the new generation of "star" searching shows it was a brilliant concept that everyone enjoyed. People would root for the underdogs, argue with the judges and laugh at the "no hopes" that would audition. In the beginning when these shows started some true celebrities were created in the guise of Will Young and Kelly Clarkson who were the winners of UK and USA versions of Pop Idol, and we saw the birth of world storming girl group Girls Aloud in the UK show Pop Stars the Rivals. But with them now being thrown at viewers year and year with ever increasing numbers of options to watch, has it now reach the point to stop them?
Another criticism about the whole genre is if these ordinary people are psychologically stable enough for the massive changes that could happen to them. One easy to spot example was poor Susan Boyle. When she entered the stage to audition the audiences and judges prejudged her and instantly thought "Here comes a train wreck!" Then she sang and shut them all up (good on you Boyle). But it also set her up for the tragedy. Overnight this woman's audition went viral and she was officially a public figure. It all got to her and as the days counted closer to the live finale people noticed she was started to crack! She even had a breakdown and was sent to The Priory a psychiatric clinic in London only 24 hours after she came in second place to Diversity in the live finale.
As years have progressed it has now gotten to the point where the winner will basically be a one hit wonder never to be seen or heard from again and the underdogs that went earlier in the show tend to have better careers. The other sad part about the whole genre is how some desperately attempt to stay in the public eye despite them not really having a TV level of talent to require them to appear again and again. One example is the runner-up of the first series of Britain's got Talent, Damon Scott. While he impressed audience at the time with his ventriloquist act, it is not something that is easily marketed to create a TV show or even justify TV appearances on other shows. So in a desperate attempt to stay in the headline he has come out as gay and started dating a judge on Britain's version of Dancing with the Stars called Strictly Come Dancing. Also someone should have given him the memo, "Unless you're Michael Jackson you can not pull off the glittery glove look".
Mentioning the show Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars, I bring the next horror of the genre and that is the "Celebrity" versions who many would argue are not celebrities. For example at the moment English viewers can enjoy watching Judy Murray...Now you are all thinking who? Exactly my point, this woman is the mother of world recognised tennis player Andy Murray. Now would you class her as a celebrity? I wouldn't, I am waiting for them to cast Sharon Osbourne's mail-man to fill a gap on a "celebrity" show. It is at a point where they are not celebrities but people desperate to try and retain the 15 minutes of fame they have already achieved.
Do you think these talent based reality shows are at the end now and we need to see a break to revive the franchise? Do you still enjoy these series regardless of the same format being used year after year only to see a less glimmering star to the year before?