Chart Throb

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Black Swan, 2007 - Fiction - 463 pages
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Chart Throb--the ultimate pop quest. Ninety-five thousand hopefuls. Three judges. Just one winner. And that is Calvin Simms, the genius behind the show. Calvin always wins because Calvin writes the rules. But this year, as he sits smugly in judgment upon the clingers and blingers whom he has preselected in his carefully scripted "search" for a star, he has no idea that the rules are changing. The "real" is about to be put back into "reality" television, and Calvin and his fellow judges (the nation's favorite mom and the other guy) are about to become "ex-factors" themselves. Ben Elton returns to blistering comic satire with a vengeance in this no-holds-barred competition. One winner. A whole bunch of losers. Crazed, no-talent, fame junkies . . . and those are just the judges.

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User Review  - Cassandra2020 - LibraryThing

Another non-challenging book I took on holiday to cover a couple of evenings & an awfully long wait at the airport on the way home (about 4 hours). I hold my hands up: I've never watched X factor, Pop ... Read full review

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User Review  - alsocass - LibraryThing

After reading "Chart Throb", by Ben Elton, I don't think I will ever be able to watch a reality tv series again. I feel kind of dirty and want to cry. It rings so true that it is almost upsetting. The ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Ben Elton started his career as a stand-up comedian and branched out into plays, novels, and films. His stage play Popcorn won the Olivier Award for best comedy. He wrote and directed the feature film Maybe Baby, based on his novel Inconceivable. He is the author of Dead Famous, The First Casualty, and Past Mortem.

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