‘Britain's Got Talent’ 2024

In praise of last chances and the joy of human difference

Marc Barham
Seroxcat’s Salon

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BGT 2024 (Wikimedia)

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every year I look forward to watching Britain’s Got Talent on ITV. It is a wonderful display of the talent — and lack of it — in Britain. The acts are sometimes excruciatingly awful but that only adds to the egalitarian nature of the show.

To be great is not the criteria of the show, it is to perform — even badly. But of course, the law of aggregates does help, as for every bad act, there is a good act — quid pro quo — although that does of course tend to be how the weekly live shows in the theatre have been edited for TV viewers.

Nonetheless, eventually, after much chaos, the good acts rise to the top and then the great acts are found at the top of this mountain of talent during the 7 semi-finals and the final. The winner wins £250,000 and a chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.

The final was on Sunday and for me, two acts stood out. One was the eventual winner — Sidney Christmas. I kid you not. A young woman from Essex whose voice I described as “Sublime” on X.

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Marc Barham
Seroxcat’s Salon

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