We’ve wrapped up another eventful year and are itching to find out what 2015 has in store for us! More jungle fever from I’m A Celebrity perhaps? Or will a new range of stars cause mayhem in the Big Brother house? Only time will tell so let’s take a look at some of the reality TV highlights 2014 has brought us. As usual where reality TV is involved, there are too many surprises to mention all of the fun.
Britain’s Got Talent 2014
This year’s crop saw a wide variety of real talent complemented with touching stories. So as usual we laughed, cried and stood in awe at the performances. However, the most remarkable had to be duo Paddy & Nico who left us dumb-struck at the flexibility and salsa skills of a pensioner. They’d definitely earned their golden ticket and everyone expected them to go all the way so imagine our surprise when they shimmied off the stage prematurely.
Remember the three men dancing in impossibly high heels? Yanis Marshall, Arnaud & Mehdi could give Beyoncé a run for her money but the public failed to fall in love. We still have a ton of respect for them though, partly on account of knowing we’d break our ankles if we were to even attempt walking in those shoes.
Another highlight has to be the unexpected win of Collabro. Don’t get us wrong, we admired the talent of the quintet but assumed the beautiful but shy Lucy Kay would take the crown. Nevertheless, the boys have earned the title of winners and their debut album ‘Stars’ was released in July. Illusionist Darcy Oake’s career also took off as he’ll be touring the UK in 2015 with his show Edge of Reality.
X Factor 2014
What is it with favourites never lasting till the end in talent contests on TV? Almost as soon as the live auditions were finished, Lola Saunders was pegged to win alongside Paul Akister and Andrea Faustini. They stood out in the competition from early on but when the live shows began, some performances fell flat and other stars started to shine all the brighter.
Few people remembered Only The Young, Ben Haenow or Fleur East from the audition rounds yet they forged ahead and fired up the X Factor stage. Fleur was told by creative director Brian Friedman she would have to work twice as hard to get noticed by the public, simply because she hadn’t wowed viewers from the beginning. She took it to heart and bagged herself 2nd place in the competition. Now that’s the spirit!
And who could forget Stevi Ritchie and his boundless enthusiasm. Giving it ‘all’ gained a whole new meaning when he took to the stage. Calling his performances over the top was in most cases an understatement and he definitely wasn’t the best singer but we loved him even more for it. Stevi proved once again that the X Factor is not just about a stellar voice, you need the moves and the personality to go with it.
Both talent shows are ready for another run in 2015 as audition calls have already been made. We’re incredibly curious what stars will be on the rise next year! While you wait for the new series to start, why not relive the excitement right now at Jackpot247? Our X Factor Jackpot and Britain’s Got Talent online slot games will let you take the spotlight for a chance to win great prizes!