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Each week Ronan Keating presents this talent show where two aspiring pop acts that have both benefited from the wisdom and experience of professional producers, stylists and choreographers in a bid to improve their particular act. Culminating in a grand finale consisting of each week's winners, the finale winners will be awarded with a recording contract from a major record label. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Flop Idol
9 January 2006 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER is the precursor to FLOP IDOL, LAME ACADEMY and all those other shows that have made mediocre people into pop stars but it's easy to spot a vital ingredient that's missing with this show - Sex appeal

I had a mate who attended the final of this show ( Hi Jamie ) and no he wasn't one of the finalists he was an audience member which was the only reason I watched , just to see if I could spot him . A bizarre reason for watching but a compelling enough one if the acts were anything to go by - They were very average at best with the best of a bad bunch a psychiatric nurse who had a good enough voice as a soul singer and a young blonde women who did a ballad

The winners on the night were a " rock band " called Marlo and how can I put it kindly ? They were totally rank and performed a song called How Do I Know Who You Are ? The fact that I can recall it six years after it was performed show's how bad it was . Does anyone remember the channel 4 sketch show ABSOLUTELY ? They had a spoof band of computer geeks ; " Computer operators by day we work nine till five and we love to groove and dig level 42 ... " Well that's what Marlo reminded me of and their attempts of choreography made them look as bad as they sounded : " How do I know who you are ... " followed by a bass break where the band members jerk their heads from left to right making them appear like idiots rather than rock gods .

There are many connections between GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER and the shows that followed it a couple of years later but POP IDOL managed to be a success by it's teasing hype . Everyone remembers the tagline " Nigel choose me " which made people sit up and wonder what this meant , it whetted their appetites and burned into their brains as to what this referred too and when it was revealed what " Nigel choose me " was all about they stayed to watch out of curiosity while later shows like POP STARS and THE X FACTOR used either sex appeal ( Girls Aloud - Boy are they hot SSSSSSSSSSSS ) or awful auditions to sell records or keep up viewing figures . The fact that I'm the first person to comment on this show nearly seven years after it was broadcast or the fact that you can type in " Marlo " into any search engine to find nothing on the band tells its own story


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