Britain’s Got Talent returns to ITV tomorrow evening and while they now may be more talent contests than you can shake a judge’s panel at, Britain’s Got Talent still deserves a special place amongst the throng. But why is it that this contest above all others seems to get so much good will?
The simple answer is that Britain’s Got Talent offers so many more possibilities than any other show out there. From act to act, the entire tone of the show can change and contestants come from all different walks of life in a way that The X Factor cannot cater for.
There is no cynical ‘packaging’ concerns, no ‘vote for me please’ sob stories and no real thoughts beyond the contest itself. This is just a show of normal, everyday people doing what they love doing and what they truly excel at. That enthusiasm is infectious.
That has led Britain’s Got Talent to become not only the highest rated talent show on British TV, but the first to have its YouTube channel smash a billion views and the format being exported to 56 countries across the world.
The ability to be surprised and thrilled by a fantastic act coming completely from left field is exponentially higher in Britain’s Got Talent than in any other reality show.
The other side of the coin appeals just as much. Britain’s Got Talent has such a wider array of potential ways to fail. Be it an animal act that goes south, some bad singing or plate spinning that just ends in some broken crockery. It may seem mean to say that, but the reason many tune into the show just to watch the truly awful auditions.
While many more of these shows have appeared over the last few years, few have become as varied and entertaining as Britain’s Got Talent. While for pure drama, The Great British Bake Off stands at the top of the reality show pyramid, there’s nothing quite like the variety and oddness of Britain’s Got Talent.
Britain’s Got Talent returns to ITV this weekend.