Simon Cowell has teased a global “Got Talent” for four years. Plans to actually make this show a reality have been halted constantly, because Simon believes it would hamper with his commitments with Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor.
The “World’s Got Talent” came to light again two weeks ago, when it was reported that the show would be held in India, under the title of Got Talent World Stage LIVE. It would take place sometime in December of this year, and be hosted by Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan.
Simon has made no official announcement regarding this event. As it stands, it’s only a rumour, but I really hope it sees the light of day.
Considering the Got Talent franchise set a world record earlier this year, there’s so much that could be explored. If done carefully, a global Got Talent show could be one of the most-watched events on television this decade.
I’ve created a list of what I believe could make Got Talent World Stage LIVE a success.
1. Abandon the “contest” format.
Cast your minds back to 2003’s World Idol. 11 Idol winners around the world went through another competition to vie for the title of “World Idol.” The premise seemed brilliant at first glance, but there were many issues with its execution.
For one thing, the show featured judges from Idol series around the world (one from each participating country), offering little to no constructive feedback. As Simon Cowell put it after the one-off series ended, it “turned Idol winners into losers.” It was also panned by critics worldwide, despite favourable ratings (approximately 1.9 million Canadian viewers tuned in to the special).
Formatting a global Got Talent event as a competition would be counter-intuitive, because performers have already poured enough blood, sweat and tears into competing. They’ve gone as far as they could in their respective Got Talent show, so a competition would create unnecessary pressure.
2. Hold the event in a similar fashion to the Olympics.
This shouldn’t just be a one-off event, nor should it be held annually. I know this would depend on how well the programme does in ratings (and whether it can sustain reasonable production costs), but for arguments sake, let’s suppose this event became a hit.
Got Talent World Stage LIVE should be held every two years, each time in a different country. That way, performers could gain more exposure in different parts of the world.
3. Grant performance slots to “Got Talent” winners.
When news of Got Talent World Stage LIVE came to light, it was hinted that dance duo Paddy & Nico and Canadian magician Darcy Oake (both of whom competed on Britain’s Got Talent) would represent Great Britain.
The thing is, neither contestant won this series, so I don’t think they should be taking a spot on the world stage. Instead, the show should borrow the same concept World Idol had, in which all performers were winners of their respective shows. This could also give Got Talent competitors more of a “push” to win the top prize, which would then be a chance at global domination (not really, but it’d still be a chance at the rest of the world seeing a person’s abilities).
I have high hopes for this potential event, it could become the Olympics of entertainment if the right steps are taken. A part of me will be disappointed if the supposed plans for Got Talent World Stage LIVE fall through, because it’s an opportunity to showcase various cultures on a global platform.