Popstars and the X Factor: the role of the ordinary contestant in the television talent show

Barnard, Alice Jane (2015) Popstars and the X Factor: the role of the ordinary contestant in the television talent show. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    In the past decade reality programming has dominated British television, with the talent contest in particular being one of the most successful genres. Since its rise in the early noughties, the ordinary contestant has become a fundamental aspect to the talent show. The intention of this dissertation is to explore how the role of the ordinary contestant has become vital to the talent shows success over the years. To achieve this two examples of talent shows were analysed, one example being Popstars (2001), the first programme to re-establish the modern talent show and the X Factor (2004-present) which is celebrating its tenth anniversary on air this year. Through analysing audition footage and transcripts from the two series this dissertation distinguishes how the role of the ordinary contestant has changed throughout the past decade alongside the motives of the talent contest. The study concludes that the talent show has become too reliant on external factors (e.g. postproduction) which has become a hindrance to the contestant who is categorised by their representation rather than their talent.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2016 14:36
    Last Modified: 25 Nov 2016 14:36
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22704

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