It took me a while, but I figured out why I love this show.
I thought it was the fact that people we getting their dreams coming true? Maybe it was the extracting the water of the people who's friends weren't nice enough to tell them they have no talent? Maybe it is the extraordinary talent that turns up year on year?
But you know what... it's sad, I figured it out, it's because it's a whole nation wide Recruitment campaign! Awesome right? Well for a tragic like me it is..
Come on, we all dream of this kind of application rate, and seriously how hard was it to attract all these people? What? You're up against Idol, whoever's got talent, etc... ? So what? The challenge of course is sorting through all the chaff to get to the wheat, and from the limited amount I'm allowed to see, there is a hell of a lot of that.
Interviews are brief, to the point and targeted. "Sing for us", BANG done Yes/No ... NEXT! repeat.
As a Recruiter, damn that's tedious, but hey, we've all been there! Quick decisions are made, people are cut. Then the challenges come. Show me how much you want it! Let us put you under some pressure and see how you handle it. Sick? too bad, suck it up, don't get along with your team mates? suck it up, DELIVER! Again.... who doesn't like a good targeted role play?
Each point being a veto point, and each veto gets harder and harder as it gets more and more personal to the person delivering the news. Luckily, the other side is shown too, making the reality of how it feels to not success in something you really want, well real. I hope you have all been there! Sat there dumb founded when you didn't get what you really wanted when you wanted it! If not, well you have to put yourself out there more! It'll make you a better Recruiter! Trust me, it's personal to the person you're turning down.
As with all Recruiting, not everyone will agree with the final decision, there will be pros and cons for everyone. (It seems I have no idea, tonights results on the X-Factor were almost polar opposite from what I would have done, well with one of the judges at least. Seems I wasn't alone)
All the way through to the one winner, the successful applicant, the person hired for the job! I want streamers, a single released, huge media coverage and an Australian wide audience next time I hire someone!!!!
I can dream! It's not about being a X-Factor champion, Australian Idol, or whatever else, as I know that won't happen. But a Recruitment process like that, well, yeah.. sign me up!