I wonder what Simon Cowell would make of this?
Being a little under the weather over the weekend I ended up watching the nonsense that is "The X Factor" and remembered again why I loathe these programmes... What passes for talent in Britain's pop culture these days is so mass-manufactured and over-produced that it has no real depth or authentic poignancy. That is occasionally subverted in the auditions and more frequently in "Britain's Got Talent" but in both, the genuinely talented is more than swamped by those who are simply wanting to ape other artificially produced celebrities and those who are more to be pitied than scolded.
The following entry from "Ukraine's Got Talent" would never make it within a million miles of its British equivalent because of form, subject matter and, most importantly, its length ("Sorry dear, it has to be less than 3 minutes...")...
It's long even by the standards of most of the things I post here... but it is worth every second spent watching it...
The artist is Kseniya Simonova and in this she depicts the Soviet Union's ‘Great Patriotic War’ against the Nazis in the 1940’s.
Thanks to Jonny McEwan and Pete Rollins for flagging it up... How they came across it I do not know... I would have to be very ill before I started scanning the satelite channels and the internet for "Ukraine's Got Talent"!