Originally Posted by controlfreak
I don't see the appeal of Fame Academy. It tries to combine the brilliance of Big Brother and Pop Idol, and fails miserably.
Pop Idol succeeds because you see them whittling down the field from 20,000 contestants to 10, and finally to 1, which gives you the chance to see some of the 19,990 people (some of whom are talented, some of whom aren't) who didn't make it. 19,990 broken hearts? Now that's good TV. On Fame Academy, however, you just start off with 12 (or however many) people, all of whom are talented singers/performers, with no background information on the 12 and how they were selected. There is no real incentive to keep watching them each week. The BBC cocked up again by trying to imitate other peoples' successful shows. Just look at the TV ratings.
I see what you mean... I didn't really see the last show that much (I used to watch the Friday night expulsion on return from the gym) and I wish I'd seen more of it!! I like the fact that the students are 'encouraged' to improve with the songwriting and dance classes etc. I think it's a better environment than the other reality shows...
(There's a but!!)
I hate to 'moan' but I thought having an expulsion after three days was really too harsh!! And someone else is going to go on Wednesday... I think this is very much taking off Pop Idol and the other reality shows. Like, who cares
about the people who gave absolutely everything to 'make it' into the Academy? As long as we get the money and the good ratings...
I think the format last year was better from what I remember... (I still feel guilty for watching this sort of thing sometimes as I think it's a little 'cruel'!! But I guess I have to 'toughen up' like the students... Is SOMEONE making excuses for herself?
* I didn't think "Big Brother" was good this year either
** I can't STAND Simon Cowell!! *growl*
*** Good luck to my faves, Peter and Alex!!