Tuesday 27 September 2016

Talent on the Telly

Pat Fitzpatrick

Published 16/05/2016 | 02:30

Cheyrl on X Factor.
Cheyrl on X Factor.
Opportunity knocks - Simon Cowell.
BGT: Amanda Holden.
Strictly star: Daniel O'Donnell.
Marty Whelan.

As Niamh Horan talks to 'Voice Of Ireland' presenter Kathryn Thomas, we look at some other TV talent shows, past and present

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1 THE X FACTOR

Cheryl left the judging panel this year because she wants to focus on making memorable pop songs. Fair play for trying something new at this stage of her career. And best of luck in the search for a new husband/surname/both. Louis Walsh is apparently back on the X Factor panel for a new series. We hear there is a clause in his contract preventing him from saying, "You remind me of a young Gary Barlow." Unless he says it to Gary Barlow. In fairness, you have to admit that fella is ageing disgustingly well.

2 OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

This classic British talent show used a clap-o-meter. We can see why you might think this is a diagnostic tool in an STI clinic. And seriously, the sooner you get something done with your filthy mind, the better. But, actually, the clap-o-meter was a device that chose a winner by measuring the volume of the audience applause. It isn't used to choose a winner in modern shows, because it can't be used to make Simon Cowell incredibly rich. (So get texting.)

3 STRICTLY

It's called Strictly Come Dancing for those of you who aren't on first-name terms. It is better known as the answer to the question: what does camp mean? Daniel O'Donnell was a big hit on the last series. He faced a steep learning curve, given that his moves up to then involved winking at grannies. The show is famous for causing relationships to fall apart. Mainly because blokes are forced to watch it by Her Indoors on a Saturday night, says you.

4 BGT

We are totes shocked you don't know that BGT stands for Britain's Got Talent. Seriously dude, wtf, you need to do some major brushing up on your TLAs (three-letter acronyms). Now, we're not suggesting that BGT judge, Amanda Holden, has had too much work done on her face. But, let's be honest, she'd be a shoo-in if they ever decided to make a real-life version of Frozen. The last series was won by an incredibly talented dog. And, no, it wasn't called Ryan Giggs. But nice try.

5 GFI

What's that again, Gay? The full title was GFI: Go For It, a 1980s talent show on RTE hosted by none other than Marty Whelan. It rewarded contestants for their talent and hard work. So Marty is the only thing it has in common with Winning Streak. In fairness though, there is always a great bit of suspense when you turn on Winning Streak. You just never really know what Sinead Kennedy is going to do with her hair.

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