This week, we give you the full lowdown on our favourite talent shows.
As The X-Factor and Strictly begin to hot up, there’s no time like the present to remind ourselves why we love talent shows. For more than a decade, we’ve been lapping up the revelations and jaw-dropping performances; the tears and the tantrums. Expect some blasts from the past as well as a few familiar faces.
Saturday 5 December at 8:00pm on ITV
Simon Cowell’s blockbuster talent show has been overtaken by Strictly in recent weeks. But as we reach the semi-final stages, we’re still fascinated to see who will win this year’s edition (and which of the contestants come second and third and go on to mainstream success). On Sunday, it was revealed that the final four were Louisa Johnson, Reggie ‘N’ Bollie, Ché Chesterman and Lauren Murray – break a leg, guys.
But whatever the future holds for The X Factor, the show still manages to entertain us…even when things don’t go according to plan.
Sometimes The X Factor can really take flight, like when 4th Impact channeled their inner Beyoncé.
And the arguments are fun too. In 2010, these two young women came to blows leaving the judges stunned.
Speaking of the judges, here’s a fresh-faced Cheryl Cole auditioning on Popstars: The Rivals way back in 2002.
Strictly Come Dancing
Saturday 5 December at 7:00pm on BBC One
The hit BBC One talent show is currently ruling the roost and it’s easy to see why. It’s impossible to predict who will win – Georgia May Foote, Helen George, Kellie Bright and Jay McGuiness all look like possible champs.
It’s musicals week for the remaining contestants, a theme that in 2013 gave us the stunning performance of Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec, who strut their stuff with a Saturday Night Fever salsa routine…
And of course, comedian Mark Benton dressed as a lion for his I Just Can’t Wait to Be King samba.
As mentioned earlier, this year’s crop of contestants are impressing too. The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness set the floor alight in this routine.
I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
Wednesday 3 December at 8:30pm on ITV
Can we count I’m a celebrity as a talent show? There is a lot of talent in that jungle, right? Either way, the successful jungle competition is worth a mention for the Bushtucker Trials alone. Look, here’s Jorgie and Lady C (now sadly evicted) eating a delicious serving of turkey testicles and beach worms. What more do you want?
This year’s tasks have seen some impressive performers. Leave your prejudices at the door, just because she’s on Geordie Shore doesn’t mean Vicky Pattinson can’t own the Badvent Calendar.
And here’s Lady C again, we’ll miss her rants….
The Saturday night singing competition gets one last outing on BBC in January 2016, before making a surprising move to ITV in 2017.
The judges have played key roles in the success of the show; they become emotionally attached to most of the contestants, even to the point of blubbering…
Oh, and in case you didn’t know, here’s who won this year’s series.
Britain’s Got Talent
Like The Voice, BGT is currently off air, but we’re confident the show will bounce back from ‘Dog-gate’.
David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Hodlen and Simon Cowell have all signed up for a tenth series next year. But will we see another Susan Boyle?
Or maybe a three-year-old DJ prodigy? We’ll just have to wait and see.