An interview with Spencer Sutherland, the fist American artist to compete as a finalist on The X Factor UK—and the first person voted out this season.
UK reality TV shows
ITV2’s Bromans is a reality competition series that has eight men in thongs—and their girlfriends—compete in gladiator-style challenges.
Channel 4’s social experiment reality show Eden ended this month. For some reason, several U.S. publications lied to their readers about what happened.
BBC America will be air three seasons of Dragon’s Den, while Esquire will show the original Sasuke Ninja Warrior competitions starting Labor Day weekend.
Imagine a show that’s like Legends of the Hidden Temple without the urgency; hosted by Riff Raff from The Rocky Horror Picture Show dressed and behaving as if he were a character in Clue; and concludes the exact same way as Grab That Dough, the best game show to only air brief episode. That is… continue reading
Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson apologizes for using the n-word in a clip from the show, having previously denied that he used it. In an unbroadcast take from a 2013 episode, Clarkson chooses between two cars using a children’s counting rhyme: completes the “eeny, meeny, miny, moe; catch a teacher by his toe.” But footage… continue reading
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which awards Baftas, the UK’s version of Emmys, has added a new category for “reality and constructed factual” shows. The awards already have categories for”best factualy series” and “single documentary,” and one that includes variety, quiz, and game shows, in which The X Factor has won. In… continue reading
Canada’s attempt at a Jersey Shore-style show has failed, but the UK’s version, The Only Way is Essex, is now on Hulu. Lake Shore‘s hilariously weird trailer surfaced about a year ago, but its producer e.mailed cast members earlier this month and said, “I am sorry to say this, but it’s over,” as no network… continue reading
The producers of American Idol released a statement today promising that they’ve never distorted the vocals of contestants using Auto-Tune or other technology. That statement comes in the wake of a scandal in the UK, where The X Factor has admitted manipulating vocals of its performers. “We have never, nor would we ever, use Auto-Tuning… continue reading
Simon Cowell’s The X Factor has admitted auto-tuning a contestant, and reports suggest the show might have also used Auto-Tune to modify the voices of contestants during live performance shows. (If you don’t know what Auto-Tune does, just watch Jimmy Fallon at the Emmys last year.) The seventh season debuted in the UK on Saturday… continue reading
The first episode of The X-Factor offered amazing singer Danyl, and the second episode gave the world 50-year-old Steve, who said before his audition, “I just can’t believe how nervous I can get, but I’m determined to see it through to the bitter end,” and talked about being too embarrassed to even be on TV…. continue reading
On Saturday, 27-year-old teacher Danyl Johnson auditioned live on the UK’s X Factor, and judge Simon Cowell gave a standing ovation for Danyl’s rendition of The Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends.” Simon, wearing the same t-shirt he wore all season on American Idol, said, “I’ve been doing this for how many years–eight,… continue reading
Sudden and immediate fame has caught up with Susan Boyle, who lost Britain’s Got Talent Saturday night and checked herself into a hospital on Monday after being escorted by police. A Scotland Yard spokeswoman told the Guardian that “Police were called at approximately 6pm to a central London hotel to doctors assessing a woman under… continue reading
Worldwide favorite Susan Boyle lost Britain’s Got Talent Saturday night, defeated by a dance group called Diversity, who range in age from 12 to 25. They managed to make Simon Cowell smile in their creative and engaging audition, so anyone who can do that is definitely talented. He said he’d “never seen dance … so… continue reading
Britain’s Got Talent‘s third season debuted Saturday, and already the show has a breakout star: Susan Boyle, an unemployed woman who’s “nearly 48,” talks about her cat, and says she’s “never been kissed.” You can guess how that’s going to turn out since she dreams of being a singer and compares herself to (actually talented)… continue reading
A British newspaper reported Sunday that producers of the highly acclaimed (and pretty damn amazing–see it) film Slumdog Millionaire would be turned into a reality series based upon Secret Millionaire that would be called, unsurprisingly, Secret Slumdog Millionaire. Since then, the Daily Express has inexplicably removed the story from their web site, although Google’s cache… continue reading
While there’s enough U.S. reality TV to keep my DVR warm, there are two non-American shows that have made their way into my weekly viewing. First is The BBC’s Dragons’ Den, which is coming to the US as The Shark Tank and is in production on a pilot for ABC. Right now, the original UK… continue reading
Although NBC has abandoned the version of The Apprentice that stars real people in exchange for the celebrity edition, CNBC will soon start broadcasting the U.K.’s non-celebrity version of the show, which some in the U.S. are already fans after watching it online. CNBC announced that it will broadcast it twice every Monday night, at… continue reading
Last Tuesday, the BBC debuted Britain’s Missing Top Model, a reality competition that is like Top Model, except it features disabled people. The eight models include a deaf TV interpreter, a deaf make-up artist, a paraplegic art student, an administrator with a prosthetic leg, and others. Time reports that last Tuesday’s debut “drew half a… continue reading
Laguna Beach‘s brand of wealthy, vapid teenagers doesn’t seem like an easily-exported commodity, but MTV has found a location in the UK that will play host to a British spin-off of its docudrama. Living on the Edge debuts Sunday at 8 on MTV UK, and “follows the lives and loves of 10 glamorous and beautiful… continue reading