On TV lately – 1: AGT and Pointless

In 2011-2012 I assiduously blogged Australia’s Got Talent, then on Channel 7. Lots of defunct YouTubes on those posts: sorry!

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In 2011 the winner was Jack Vidgen, who subsequently performed here in Wollongong.

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And now?

He shot to fame in mid 2011 after winning reality TV series Australia’s Got Talent.

Now four and a half years later Jack Vidgen has quit the music industry.

The 18-year-old revealed in the latest edition of New Idea that he ‘wanted to be a normal teen’ without the pressures of being in the spotlight.

‘The first couple of years, I got pretty big-headed and full of myself for a while,’ he explained.

‘That was one of the main reasons I stopped – I had to pull my head in. ‘

Jack explained to the publication that despite not enjoying his time in the spotlight he doesn’t regret going on the short-lived experience….

As he says on his Facebook page (223,677 likes):

I’ve had a break from music over the past couple years. I’m studying at the moment and I just post pictures about my life and what I get up to.  Don’t worry about me, life is grand.

12494658_1158686544149437_8165370330891477720_n  Jack Vidgen January 2016

Illusionist Cosentino came second in 2011. His career continues. Similarly Tim Omaji (aka Timomatic), third in 2011, who was a judge in the 2013 season – which I did not follow.

Now Channel Nine (WIN) has a revamped version. It strikes me as more low-key than earlier series. Dave Hughes is just right as host though. There have been moments already. For example:Sikh Woman Performs Rousing Poem About Racism On ‘Australia’s Got Talent’.

Audience members and at-home viewers were treated to a different sort of performance on Monday’s episode of ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ when 21-year-old contestant Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa recited a rousing poem tackling arguably one of this country’s biggest and most shameful issues — racism.

Asking the audience to click along if they identified with what she was saying, Khalsa’s humorous and enlightening performance focused on the bigotry faced by the Sikh community — from what it really means to be Australian (“Is it a Southern Cross Tattoo or wombat stew crumbled with a Dunkaroo?”) to sharing more sombre anecdotes (“When a teen rips off my uncle’s turban, I’m an enraged flame of pain and shame and sorrow.”)

All four judges — Kelly Osbourne, Ian “Dicko” Dickson, Eddie Perfect and Sophie Monk — gave Khalsa’s performance a resounding thumbs up.

“There was anger there, but anger with heart and humour, and it just blew me away,” Dickson said.
Added Perfect: “I found myself getting quite emotional during that. The voices of bigotry and hatred in this country are so loud and noisy, and yeah, it’s going to piss people off probably, but stuff ‘em. Because this is something that needs to be heard and I’m really glad you’ve got prime-time to say it.”

ABC over summer has been running the brilliant British game show Pointless and I have begun thoroughly addicted. I see it upset Nick Xenophon, a politician I usually respect.

Independent senator Nick Xenophon told The Australian that the decision to screen the BBC quiz show at 6.15pm on weekdays on ABC television was part of a trend by the public broadcaster to air silly overseas shows during key timeslots.

“The ABC can’t be fulfilling its charter obligations by airing a program as pointless as Pointless — it is one of those ABC decisions that just leaving people scratching their heads,” Senator Xenophon said. “This actually shows poor judgment. It is insulting to viewers and a slap in the face to staff that lost their jobs at the ABC in Adelaide, where the local production unit was … shut down.”…

“It can’t possibly meet the ABC’s charter,” Senator Xenophon said. “They could get some local content in, giving young filmmakers a go or putting on short films locally produced, rather than what they are doing. Do we need to be told by an English quiz show what bonzer means?”

Senator Xenophon used a Senate estimates hearing last week to question outgoing ABC managing director Mark Scott about the show. “How do you feel about Australians having to watch English contestants talking about what bonzer and thongs mean?” he asked.

Mr Scott replied: “I suspect it is amusing, but not amusing in the way that the makers ­intended.”…

I go along with this commenter:

I suspect Xenephon & Scott have never actually watched it and are relying on all those whinging conventional viewers to give them their confused and instant verdicts. Apart from the footy and the cricket, it’s my favourite show. Sit down and watch a whole episode Nick. I’m sure you’ll work out what it’s all about.

Now I am thoroughly cheesed off that yesterday’s episode was the final at 6.15, to be replaced by the Antiques Roadshow.

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Bring back Pointless!

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