Britain’s Got Talent, says Britain
I’m not saying Susan Boyle hasn’t got talent – she clearly has, in spades, and those kind judges so keen to remind her how unimpressed they were when she walked on stage have generously conceded the dangers of such preconceptions. But there’s something so crassly manipulative about this over-edited version of eyes rolling, raised eyebrows and grimaces, followed by awe! hands over mouth! surprise! applause! dewy eyes! that is far too directive to allow for any natural response. This whole episode tells us just how we’re supposed to react, and even when, though the audience is screaming and shreaking so much and Ant and Dec are so busy being loudly gobsmacked from the wings that you can barely hear the singing. Which is what we’re all supposed to be so moved by. Look, it’s clear Susan Boyle has a great voice, and did a smashing, shattering job on a moving song. I just would have liked to have decided all that for myself.