“Do celebrities need a talent to justify their fame and if so what do you describe as a talent?” This question was brought to attention by former X-Factor contestant Rylan Clark in the Big Brother house on Tuesday 10th September. The debate led me to begin to think that if someone is believed to be famous should they have a talent? If this is true then are reality stars and other people who can’t sing or dance not classified as a celebrity?
As this question washes through my mind I begin to think of celebrities who I personally like to watch and wonder if they have a talent. As I think long and hard about this question the conclusion is a no. If cheating on someone seven times publicly or urinating in a sink whilst being intoxicated on TV, or being born into money and living the life on a reality TV show is a talent then the people I enjoy to watch are justified celebrities.
I feel that a lot of publicity will be around someone due to their personality, which is exactly what Louie Spence clarified in the Big Brother house. He said, “I didn’t become famous for my dancing I became famous for my personality on Pineapple. It’s the easiest job I have done in my life. You know, being me is the easiest job to be paid for.” He then goes on further to say that “it’s the people’s choice.” I feel like this sums up the argument in a nut shell as he has confirmed it wasn’t his talent that got him where he is today, it was his extravagant persona he carries which was shown through Pineapple Dance Studios TV show. Another person who I feel has the same story as this is Ashley Banjo who is in Diversity, the dancing group that won the third series of Britain’s Got Talent. His cool, kind and humorous personality has been taken a shine to, which has led him to progress to TV shows such as Ashley Banjo’s Secret Street Crew and Got to Dance.
A strong aspect of fame is appearance. For example Cheryl Cole is a beautiful woman who is constantly in the public eye and is frequently seen on calendars and adverts. This all stemmed from her fame in 2002 when she auditioned for Popstars the Rivals. Now if you look back at that audition it wasn’t amazing or moving. But because of her looks she has become one of the most famous celebrities.
Narrow-mindedly yet realistically it all boils down to something that we always seem to not have yet can’t live without- money. Reality shows such as Made in Chelsea, The Only Way is Essex, Geordie Shore, The Valleys and The Hills all interview different people and recruit a group of people based on their personalities. These people are of course going to jump for the opportunity as they will be getting paid a fortune. This will of course be increasing their profile and giving them a lovely income; I doubt a lot of people would pass at that.
Although I can appreciate that there are many amazing actors and singers who also have another talent or a career in other aspects of media. I strongly believe it is all opinion based and ultimately who people prefer to spend their time to watch. Michael Jackson, the ‘King of pop’, as talented and unbelievable as he was, some audiences may prefer to watch an episode of Geordie Shore than an hour set of Jackson’s.
I think that a celebrity having a talent to justify their fame is a nice thought, but in the real world it is more about what the public likes to watch; money, personality and appearance. Very shallow indeed, but true.
This content is one individual's opinion and does not represent the opinion of The Galleon. If you disagree with this article or have any further comment to make please email email@example.com.