Tuesday, 8 May 2012

BRITAIN'S Got Talent

Apparently, there has been some consternation in the press about the number of foreign contestants in this year's BGT. We would like add our two-penneth.

We think that the two male dancers from America are really super, Cascade from France are outstanding and we even kind of like the Latvian comedian. Although the German with the gold wings is seriously misguided.

We have absolutely nothing against them.

In fact, we think that Simon Cowell should branch out. Latvia's Got Talent has real potential. A stand up comedian, a woman who can peel a sack of potatoes in three minutes flat with only her ears, and a man with an unnatural relationship with goats. It could even win the ratings war with the big hitters, 'I'm an Asylum Seeker, Get Me Out Of Here!', 'You've Been Framed by the Secret Police' and 'Who Wants to be a Multi-Billionaire' (runaway inflation, you see).

And therein is the problem. BGT was envisaged as a showcase for undiscovered British talent. It is not a showcase for world talent. What happens if a Frenchy wins it? Does that mean the French are more talented than the Brits? The best of our homegrown talent has to be imported?

So we think that BGT should be restricted to British acts. Not out of any jingoistic, right wing, narrow minded stupidity but because BGT exists to showcase British talent. Simple as.

Same as we wouldn't expect to see Northerners on TOWIE.

And we would love to see Europe's Got Talent next year, and perhaps even Earth's Got Talent the year after.

Although once that gains popularity, the Martians will want a look in.

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