Teen duo wows Britain’s Got Talent and portrays look vs. talent rivalry

Teen duo wows Britain’s Got Talent and portrays look vs. talent rivalry

London : United Kingdom | Mar 26, 2012 at 1:45 PM PDT
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Jonathan and Charlotte at Britain's Got Talent

It’s a new season of Britain’s Got Talent and time for some astonishing performances. In 2009, Susan Boyle came to the show’s auditions to sing and amazed all of us. Forward three years … and we have 17-year-old Jonathan Antoine and 16-year-old Charlotte Jaconelli auditioning for 2012 Britain’s Got Talent … and again, everybody is blown away …

… Not by Charlotte. By Jonathan. They both have great voices, Jonathan’s is an opera tenor and Charlotte’s is more pop-like. But Charlotte is a lovely looking and regular size girl while Jonathan is shabby looking and XXX size. So, ‘Charlotte is good but Jonathan is unbelievable’, according to one of the judges, Simon Cowell.

Opera voice will always sound superior to a pop voice (unless you’re Whitney Houston at her best, for example). But the truth is, it’s not the main reason for all this ‘hoopla’ about Jonathan.

Talent competitions love what the music industry hates. Good marketable looks with a good-voice-not-necessarily-required are crucial items to make it in the music business, but it’s better if you look a bit crappy but have an amazing voice if you want to make it on a talent show. It’s what makes for a good story - ‘You CAN’T be looking like THAT and have so much talent! Wow!’

Susan Boyle might have gone unnoticed on Britain's Got Talent three years ago if she'd looked THEN the way she looks NOW, after a ‘Miss Congeniality’-like makeover. Now, it’s time for Jonathan while Charlotte may struggle. Judge Simon Cowell was fast to advise Jonathan that he should ‘dump’ Charlotte cause she may ‘hold him back’.

It makes me think about a talent show The Voice, where during blind audition rounds the judges have their backs to the singer and only hear the singing voice. If they like the voice, they can turn around and see whom it’s coming from. Later, The Voice turns into a typical ‘popularity’ talent show with viewers voting for their favorites, the ones they like to first watch then listen to. But do you wonder how the judges would describe Jonathan and Charlotte without being allowed to turn their chairs? Would they also praise Jonathan and pretty much dismiss Charlotte or would they hear a beautiful and intriguingly sounding duo that complements each other? Without their eyes clouding the judgment, what would they ears pick up?

For now, Jonathan says that Charlotte has always been there for him to boost his confidence and make him a better performer and they’re definitely staying together as a duo.

Looks and talents aside, Jonathan and Charlotte seem to be quite impressive young people. Let’s see whether it’ll change when they continue on the Britain's Got Talent show and make it onto the big league music industry. Or maybe it’ll be only Jonathan ‘making it’ after Simon Cowell-likes convince him that Charlotte is indeed ‘holding him back’…


Enjoy Jonathan’s and Charlotte’s audition here.

And for a dessert, have Susane Boyle’s audition – here.

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Jonathan and Charlotte audition for 2012 Britain's Got Talent
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