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article imageBritain's Got Talent Lays Down Challenge

By Carol Forsloff     May 4, 2009 in Entertainment
Britain's Got Talent through Piers Morgan has thrown down the gauntlet. They have told Americans they will need to go the distance to beat the record set in the United Kingdom of finding folk who don't look like stars, such as Susan Boyle.
On the Today Show Piers Morgan said that Susan Boyle is the one to beat on Britain's Got Talent. She has more YouTube hits than anyone else has ever had and has created a worldwide sensation. Morgan also pointed to another talents who have come out in the contest on Britain's Got Talent, showing that common people can become phenomenons and overnight sensations. Morgan called for Americans to see if they could demonstrate that they too have people among them like Susan Boyle who can appear commonplace and yet have tremendous talent.
Fox and American Idol have age qualifications to be on American Idol. That would rule out Susan Boyle, in her mid-40's. One has to be between the ages of 16 and 30 to audition for the top prize. American Idol, like Britain's Got Talent, doesn't have other qualifications, but age is one of them. In fact, some critics are curious about this and call the practice discriminatory.
Previously the age had been 26, then raised to 28, and there are no plans to make any other changes, as stated in 2006, although recent reports declare the upper age limit to be 30. No matter the age requirement clearly focuses on young contestants.
So America does have a challenge, it appears. That means age restrictions and age requirements might need a second look, not just for discrimination challenges but the challenge stated by Piers Morgan of Britain's Got Talent related to Susan Boyle, to see if America can look beyond age and physical beauty to find that rare talent that Susan Boyle demonstrated.
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