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The Foreigner Norway talent show censured for how children are treated. Broadcaster TV2’s ‘Norske Talenter’ is criticised for the way judges speak to children partaking in auditions. The show, transmitted every Friday, is open to all age groups. The four judges are able to stop the audition before its end to give their views. Last Friday’s transmission saw an 11-year-old being disqualified whilst in the middle of her singing appearance. She burst into tears over not being able to continue after judges pressed their red ‘X’ button.

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Norway talent show censured for how children are treated

Published on Wednesday, 5th February, 2014 at 14:02 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 5th February 2014 at 16:38.

Broadcaster TV2’s ‘Norske Talenter’ is criticised for the way judges speak to children partaking in auditions.



The show, transmitted every Friday, is open to all age groups. The four judges are able to stop the audition before its end to give their views.

Last Friday’s transmission saw an 11-year-old being disqualified whilst in the middle of her singing appearance. She burst into tears over not being able to continue after judges pressed their red ‘X’ button.

Ann-Kristin Fiskerud, lecturer at Norwegian Kids and Media organisation Barnevakten, and an active health sector politician, slams the programme’s way of exploiting children’s feelings as “vicious”.

“It’s disquieting that seeing children crying because their dream is shattered has become part of the entertainment,” she told Vårt Land.

Norway’s Barnevakten website editor, Sigrun Landro Thomassen, expressed her views on the matter in an op-ed about TV2’s programme.

“She [the 11-year-old] is not the only one. There have been several children voted out with an ‘X’ who haven’t been able to hold back the tears in front of a large audience and all the television cameras,” Ms Thomassen wrote. She added this is something that is just not done when it comes to children.

According to her, many other people have told some of the judges to “sharpen up” via social media pages.

The producers of Norske Talenter defended their show. They explained contestants know what they are signing up for, and neither former contestants nor their relatives have been in touch about how they were treated.

“We haven’t received negative feedback about this,” Kari Austefjord, head of press for TV2 said.

Regarding the incident concerning the 11-year-old, Ms Austefjord explained that “the contestants do take this very seriously, and it’s disappointing [for them] when they don't go further, naturally.”

“But we have a team behind the scenes who follow things up well. Life isn’t about this one experience, and it doesn’t mean they [contestants] should stop what they are doing [when disqualified]. The judges are also good at pointing this out.”

Similar programmes in other countries have also caused debate about whether children should be allowed to audition.

One young contestant on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ broke into tears during a live final after forgetting the lyrics to her song.



Published on Wednesday, 5th February, 2014 at 14:02 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 5th February 2014 at 16:38.

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