This could be the least surprising thing I’ve ever read, but I still found it quite interesting:

It’s long been known that there is a quite a degree of “fixing” in BGT. But press reports on “fixing” are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to SYCO’s manipulation of, not only the show and the contestants, but also the viewing public and hopefully, in this email, I can shine some light on the smoke and mirrors trickery of SYCO.

You can read the full thing here. (The link’s been removed by SYCO now, make of that what you will.)

Obviously there’s no way of knowing how true it is, but it makes a lot of sense: very little on TV is left to chance these days, so it’s not exactly a shock to that a lot of manipulation goes on. That hardly justifies some of the things claimed in the article though, assuming it is true.

I still think the most depressing thing about the entire situation is the fact the Britain’s Got Talent has been in any way successful. I’ve seen a few episodes of this series and felt confused about a couple of things:

Why is a French man, still living in France, allowed to audition for Britain’s Got Talent? I’m fairly sure he even had an interpreter with him to help understand the judges. I’m not going all xenophobic, I genuinely couldn’t give a shit, but I don’t understand why he was allowed – surely you should at least be resident here?

Where the fuck do all these dance troupes keep coming from? Stastically, if BGT is to be believed, you’re almost always sat next to someone involved a dance troupe. If the person sat next to you isn’t in one, you are – you may not know it yet, but you are. Astonishing, I’m sure you’ll agree.

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