Why talent doesn’t matter

Posted by on May 27, 2009 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Lots of grumpiness in the Telegraph today (HT Christophe) about the lack of talent in the latest Simon C primetime vehicle, the appropriately (as it turns out) misnamed, Britain's Got Talent.

Just because I've mentioned it before, doesn't make it less right: with popular entertainment (like pop music), the qualities of the thing have only a marginal effect on popularity. These kind of tv shows are unlikely to be about the quality of the participants and their acts (we wouldn't be that engaged tbh).

The really big thing shaping the outcome is what other folks are getting excited aboutwhat those around you are doing and talking about…

Thinking this kind of thing is in anyway about 'talent' however you choose to define that is a category 1. error!

As Cory D might say, the quality of content is only important insofaras it prompts the conversation…


  1. citizenbay
    May 27, 2009

    Music Hall; Royal Variety Performances at the London Palladium; Classic FM; Bullseye; Pot Black; Jim Davidson; Graham Norton. All have had immense popular appeal. All completely unexplainable to me. And now in that great tradition: Britain’s Got Talent. I had a meeting today where three people tried to convince me that this is good entertaining stuff. Maybe it is about raising a smile (ironic or otherwise). Anyway, I’m off to find Arthur Askey and Max Wall on youtube to try and get my head round that…

  2. Mike Tyldesley
    May 30, 2009

    Face it, what’s “good” is what you like, be it Max Wall or whatever.
    But my main point – Lots of Grumpiness in the Telegraph “today”? Shock, horror! Isn’t that what the Telegraph is built to do. (Spot the quote from my fave band?)And the Mail, for that matter.

  3. Douglas Karr
    June 7, 2009

    This really is some old news isn’t it? I read somewhere about the percentage of CEOs that are over six feet tall compared to the rest of the population and it’s overwhelming. We have 5 senses… none of which take talent into consideration. 🙂

  4. Mark Earls
    June 7, 2009

    Of course, it is old news. The point being how the conversation around Susan Boyle and BGT seems to have ignored this well evidenced fact

  5. Mark Earls
    June 7, 2009

    You might say that but I couldn’t possibly…

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