Australia’s Got Talent Producers Lining Up Talent To Make Fun Of Them
I have always been on the record regarding my aversion to reality TV producers taking the mickey out of contestants who obviously have an mental illness as they are easy targets and particularly vulnerable.
But also it has been revealed the Australia’s Got Talent Producers were inviting groups to audition on the show to ridicule them.
The square dancing troupe who were ridiculed on the show on Tuesday night had been invited to perform, they had not auditioned.
And a troupe of square dancers claim they were set up by the show after the producers invited them on, only for the judges to lampoon them. Square dancing caller Darren Taylor says his group members were ridiculed as soon as they came out on stage. “I have never experienced anything like it before,” he said.
“I’ve been calling for 22 years. I know that it has a bad reputation as being a bit ‘yeehaw’ and that’s why I was concerned about going on in the first place.
“We didn’t apply. They called us and said they really wanted square dancers this year because they wanted it to be a community show.
“But as soon as we walked out Brian (McFadden) buzzed us. He said one of our girls looked like a toilet-roll doll. Dannii (Minogue) also zeroed in on what we were wearing and Kyle said I had my jumper tucked into my pants.
“It was embarrassing. When we finished we had to stand there for minutes while the audience laughed at us.”
Mr Taylor said that many contestants had left the stage in tears.
“One person was teased for their stutter,” he said. “They only showed about one quarter of what they said to us. If they’d showed it all, people would have been shocked at how harsh they were
In other shows controversy Melbourne woman Heather Cook says she was left speechless when Kyle Sandilands lambasted her before she’d even opened her mouth to sing, mocking her weight and questioning whether she was a man or a woman.
Ms Cook was “devastated” by the remarks of Sandilands, who asked her: “Are you male or female?”
The contestant, who dreamed of being a professional singer and had spent hours training with a professional coach, said she had performed for TV’s other notorious mean judges – Bernard King and Red Symons – and had received constructive feedback.
“They (Symons and King) could be harsh but they were also fair, this Kyle just tears people down,” she said.
When she tried to make light of being asked if she was male or female, the controversial judge then made a joke about Ms Cook’s weight, saying “You’re a belly full of laughs”.
“I felt the whole experience was devastating, and very unfair and unnecessary, and he destroyed any opportunity I had of demonstrating my voice to its fullest potential.
“To my way of thinking there is a lot of bullying going on around schools … so why promote a person such as Kyle to encourage people to be rude and disrespectful?”
With reality TV being the most watched genre on TV after sport maybe it is time a Reality TV Code of Practice was drafted so there is at least some ethical standards in this industry.