QUOTE(Tintin @ Apr 26 2010, 07:50 PM)
On more than one occasion Sheila Hancock has remarked that an actor has to be able to take negative criticsm, and no doubt she has had her share of it in a long career in the theatre. But I wonder if any audition involves the cruelty of the prolonged agony perpetrated by Graham Norton, before announcing who will remain and who is likely to go. Standing there, trying to remain calm, while the mental torture goes on in front of millions of viewers, these young, talented and very hard-working girls do not deserve the nastiness meted out every weekend, in front of millions of viewers.
Don't blame Norton - it's the show's producers who have decided on this format, and almost certainly have timed those pauses exactly. I think Norton is rather good with the girls, actually, when he's talking to them - better than in previous years. Doubtless because he now has a real appreciation of just how hard they have to work!
The sight of the tearful girls at the end, each week, always casts an unpleasant shadow on an otherwise lively evening.
Hmm. Thing is, it doesn't do them any harm with the voting public, who love to see this kind of thing.
And who decides what songs the girls sing? Surely not ALW himself. Most of the numbers not only have little to do with the theatre, let alone with Dorothy, but belong in some noisy disco. And yet the judges have the nerve to criticise the girls for their lack of emotion or drama, while they are having to perform songs that involve nothing more than the ability to shriek as loudly as possible.
Absolutely agree - but then this show is really an excuse to have pretty young girls singing on TV, and cute dogs doing tricks, it's not really about the role.
I think Steph is one of the most talented of all the girls on the show, and probably has the loveliest voice of all, but I still cannot see her as Dorothy. Whatever happens, I am sure she will become a really big star in the future.
This is the crux of the matter - no matter who gets the 'prize', what this show offers is a fabulous opportunity to kick-start a career, by getting tons of performing experience and some pretty good advice, and your face all over TV. That's the trade-off for going through the incredibly gruelling process. Several of these girls will get agents and work out of the experience that they would not have otherwise.