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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hey, Look! Someone Who Is Not Traditionally Attractive Is Good at Something!

Posted by on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Another Susan Boyle-y moment from Britain's Got Talent.

As meticulously choreographed as the musical numbers from Gold Diggers of 1933, and fifty bucks says producers told them to shlub it up for maximum effect, but good for them.


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ingopixel 1
They were totally throwing the girl a bone just to keep her from crying on television. She was not very good and flubbed several times. He was amazing of course. I hope she was just nervous and they do well as the show continues.
Posted by ingopixel on March 28, 2012 at 2:50 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 2
Why is he dressed like does not give a damn?
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on March 28, 2012 at 2:55 PM · Report this
there are of course more people who are not attractive who are good at xxxx than there are people who are attractive who are good at xxxxx, whether it's singing, finance, you name it. It's just that you usually only see, or are shown, the attractive ones...

So, once and a while they parade a talented schlub as contrast to the parade of the pretty. It changes nothing about the social dynamic that biases the evaluation of worth or talent in favor of people perceived to be attractive. This isn't particularly different than the token black in other contexts.
Posted by myr on March 28, 2012 at 2:56 PM · Report this
@2: Because it's a television show designed to create this type of a reaction.
Posted by doceb on March 28, 2012 at 2:57 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 5
#4 so people like to be manipulated like that? I don't have a TV and rarely see things like this except here in the cyber-slum. Everything is scripted?
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on March 28, 2012 at 3:04 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 6
It's Britian, I mean watch the BBC. Great actors but ugly ass faces to go with that talent.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on March 28, 2012 at 3:06 PM · Report this
merry 7
Aww, that was sweet. Thank you for posting!

And, David, I'd take you up on that fiddy-dolla bet in a NY minute if there was any way we could determine what role producers played in this presentation... Because if you're referring to the way the guy is dressed, I'm as certain as an internet stranger can be that that's how he dresses every day. If you're meaning the times that the gal messed up her singing, well, I still doubt that the producers had anything to do with that...

tl;dr version of this post: I don't think there's any artifice here with these two young people in this, their initial presentation/audition. That's what the REST of the series is for.... ;)
Posted by merry on March 28, 2012 at 3:13 PM · Report this
scary tyler moore 8
@6: rubbish! benedict cumberbatch is hawt, not to mention all that hawt guys in costume dramas. get yer glasses cleaned.
Posted by scary tyler moore on March 28, 2012 at 3:24 PM · Report this
merry 9
@8 - Word!

Posted by merry on March 28, 2012 at 3:27 PM · Report this
I don't understand how BGT works, I don't think. Simon seems flabbergasted, and yet OBVIOUSLY these people have been vetted before they're allowed to go on that stage. Do the producers occasionally send out people who suck just to fuck with them? I mean (see Susan Boyle) it's not like this hasnt happened before.

I find the crowd reaction a little galling and not at all touching, to be honest. OMFGod in heaven. That fat, schlubby boy can sing! On a singing show! WELL I NEVER.
Posted by drivel on March 28, 2012 at 3:30 PM · Report this
I'm pushing 50. I should be immune to this kind stuff. But dammit, there's those damned tears (again).
Posted by CJWhite on March 28, 2012 at 3:35 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 12

I mean, sure, it wasn't a total surprise since you posted it with that setup. But he seemed painfully shy in the introduction, and he was so soft spoken, I was not expecting that voice to come out when he sang. Holy shit! Dude has some pipes!
Posted by Reverse Polarity on March 28, 2012 at 3:39 PM · Report this
hey that title is offensive

i'm kind of fat but i kick ass at my job and can make computers do magic

can't sing for shit though
Posted by Swearengen on March 28, 2012 at 3:57 PM · Report this
I love it when a person defies all my expectations.
Posted by LizzieVeg on March 28, 2012 at 6:30 PM · Report this
I don't agree that she's not good. I thought she was great.
Posted by GlassMoon on March 28, 2012 at 7:41 PM · Report this
Um, put him in a tux and do something about that hair, and he doesn't look all that different than at least 30% of the population of male operatic singers. Good on him for his performance, but it wouldn't surprise people if he didn't look like such a slob.
Posted by anne77 on March 28, 2012 at 9:15 PM · Report this
stirwise 17
She definitely fucked up a couple of times, but her voice is good enough that I chalked it up to nerves. That guy, though. Man, I couldn't believe how this little shy "oh, well, hello then" voice transformed into that giant opera voice. Good gravy, it was unreal.
Oh and, yeah, the producers do throw out some stinkers to keep things interesting. It's just like all the other talent contest shows.
Posted by stirwise on March 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM · Report this
oh, THAT 19
Jonathan is a huge talent. An incredible voice at 17 years old, still largely untrained. Just wait.

Charlotte is talented and has a great heart. Impressive at 16 years old. She'll do well in life.

And Simon Cowell never fails to deliver: He's a massive prick, always.
Posted by oh, THAT on March 29, 2012 at 1:42 PM · Report this

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