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Panto Poll: Do you hate Endemol?

They haven't had the best press, let's face it, but how do you feel about the Big Brother/One and Only/Supersize vs Superskinny/Deal or No Deal production company? They've got a new guy at the helm, Tim Hincks, but does he convince you? Here's what he told The Guardian this week:

"We've finally stopped talking the talk and we're starting to walk the walk. Quietly, below the radar, we're doing a project that is as big and important to us as Big Brother. I've called it, slightly pretentiously, user-generated reality. You have to be careful how much hype you put around it but I think it's about to go through a period of really rapid change. You can feel it and smell it."
I'm a bit worried that you can smell it. According to the same article, Endemol is also making an online, interactive reality show for Bebo. Pretty sure I can smell that one already.

One and Only contestants 'not paid'

dusty.jpgOh dear, it was all going so well, too. Makers of BBC1 tribute act talent show The One and Only have got themselves some fresh controversy. Chesney Hawkes has sued them. They've been accused of potentially acting illegally by failing to pay the tribute acts who took part.

If you remember, people who superficially, from a great distance slightly resembled the outlines of Kylie Minogue, Sir Elton John, Madonna, and Robbie Williams competed to win a performing contract in Las Vegas...

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Posted by on March 4, 2008 2:00 PM in The One and Only
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The One and Only: finalists revealed

one.jpgDefinitely in the "so bad it's good" category, this show. And helped enormously by having Graham Norton at the helm. The latest BBC talent contest will give the UK's best tribute acts the chance to win a three-month performing contract in Las Vegas. They'll take part in 'Legends in Concert' - the longest running celebrity impersonator show in the world. I imagine there are loads.

Auditions were held to find three impersonators of 10 stars - Elton John, Frank Sinatra, Lionel Ritchie, Robbie Williams, Rod Stewart, Cher, Diana Ross, Dusty Springfield, Kylie Minogue and Madonna. After much line forgetting and torturous training from Carrie Grant (not the dead actor, of course, but the foxy red head who's always on these shows), they attempted to out-star each other in 'Superfan Singoffs' - where the audience included three of the actual star's biggest fans. Do try to keep up.

To find out who got through, click 'continue'...

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Posted by on January 8, 2008 8:58 AM in The One and Only
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