Britain's Got Talent has a frustrating habit of ignoring the acts in favour of the reactions.
Britain’s Got Talent is a show that continues to entertain the masses, but in my household there is now a familiar cry of frustration every time the cameraman opts to show another reaction shot rather than the act that prompted said reaction.
This weekend’s show was a case in point as four superb dancers did things with their bodies that seemed otherworldly, and yet we saw more of the judges’ shocked faces and the audience applause than we did the stage.
We get it! People like what they are seeing. But we would much prefer to see it for ourselves, rather than have every great performance edited into a few seconds of action interspersed with numerous open mouths from Simon Cowell et al and mutters of “Oh my God!” from the audience.
The judges have their place and it is not to upstage the acts – at least it shouldn’t be – but the problem is the show’s producers think we cannot be surprised, wowed or bemused by ourselves. Instead we need to see others experience that exact same feeling, over and over again, until the act becomes secondary to the reaction it prompts.
There are a few occasions when the Britain's Got Talent camera crew choose not to jump from act to judge to audience member and back again ad infinitum, but those instances are few and far between and usually involve a singer whose appearance, backstory or both prompt a judgement quickly shattered by the first note.
But how about we see more of all the brilliant acts...more from the dancers and acrobats and the ones that we really do need to see to believe?
Trust us, we can form our own opinions, we can gasp for ourselves, without guidance. So enough with the reaction shots, the silly camera angles and the splicing, and show us the act from beginning to end.
That is why we are tuning in, and it is only fair to those performers whose two minutes on stage is short enough without having half of it lost in favour of faces in a crowd.