"Reality goes pop!": Reality TV, popular music and narratives of stardom in Pop Idol (UK)

Holmes, Su ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4243-8337 (2004) "Reality goes pop!": Reality TV, popular music and narratives of stardom in Pop Idol (UK). Television and New Media, 5 (2). pp. 147-172. ISSN 1552-8316

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The reality pop programs Popstars(broadcast in 2000 in the United Kingdom) and Pop Idol (broadcast in 2001-2002 in the United Kingdom) have occupied a central place in the phenomenal rise of reality TV. More specifically, with their bid to place the entire notion of stardom at center stage, they raise important methodological and theoretical issues concerning the conceptualization of fame in reality TV. A central emphasis of the article is the importance of considering how reality TV demands a more thorough engagement with existing critical and theoretical concepts if the form is to sustain long-term academic analysis. Taking the British series of Pop Idolas the primary focus, the author explores this with respect to the concept of stardom, drawing particularly on the work of Richard Dyer and John Ellis. Pop Idol also raises crucial questions about the politics of interactivity in reality TV, a power dynamic that is ultimately configured around the program’s mediation of stardom.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Film and Television Studies (former - to 2012)
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2010 13:56
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2023 01:40
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/8731
DOI: 10.1177/1527476403255833

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