Blind Date - Sample Essay
Nicola Gill, a reporter, went undercover to try and find out what goes on behind the scenes of one of ITV most popular shows Blind Date. All this suggests mystery and interest and as Blind Date is a popular show the readers will want to here all about it. Nicola makes her story more exciting by telling it in the present way. “I am on my way to the open auditions for Blind Date… ” “It attracts more than 20000 audition hopefuls a year all desperate to sit on those stools with Cilla and make a stab for stardom, love, sex or just a free holiday.
” She asks herself the question. “And once through the auditions is it worth it? ” She is tempting the reader to want to know more, suggesting they are about to find out. Steps suggest a path or stairway to a chosen destination. It suggests, perhaps, a contrived, unnatural way for the contestants to get what they want. Also readers like to see sub headings because it gives the reader a break in the reading. If the sub headings are interesting it encourages the reader to read on e. g. Step 2 ‘Humiliate yourself’ and step 3 the ‘Cilla Protocol’.
These sub headings are interesting because people like to see other people get humiliated and people might want to know how people fortunate enough to get on Blind Date have to behave with Cilla. The whole article is written like it is to ensure reader involvement at all times. The reporter, Nicolas Gill, introduces the article as an ‘exclusive undercover report’ suggesting interest and excitement. She entices the reader by telling them that, once they have read her article, they will know everything about “goes on behind those famous scenes”
She emphasises the desperation of the candidates by saying that there are “more than 20000 audition hopefuls a year”. She tells us about Janine, a single mother who “launches into a sad story of violent relationships, failed dreams and acute loneliness” before emphasising the fact that this is exactly what the producer does not want on his show. The producer does not want someone like Janine on his show because her life is boring, tragic and miserable. This is not what the producer wants because it is not what the viewers want.
Gill tells us that what they do want is like Nicola’s ‘invented identity’, that’s of the type who “travel the world, bedding beach bums and living a carefree, sun sand a sex-fuelled existence”. She uses alliteration because it speeds up the way the reader says it and makes it more exciting. So they will want to read on. Alliteration is used because newspapers use it as imagery. Gill uses three sets of quotes in bigger font on each page because she thinks that they will be entertaining for the reader. This also breaks the reading up for the reader.
If the quotes are interesting then the reader will want to read on. She writes them in big bold font to try and drag in the reader’s attention. In step 2 ‘humiliate yourself’. Nicola states,’ Three hours later, lumbering towards the painful climax of our humiliation! This kind of language shows gill opening her heart to the readers and could have two effects. Readers feel sorry, sympathy, warm to her and read on. Readers who love to see someone humiliate themselves read on. After Nicola answers the question on the Eiffel tower she says she hates her self.
This is because she thinks of the people who have to go through all that, she has made a fool of herself and she is not the type of person who would say that. Gill describes meeting Cilla like meeting the queen ‘meeting Cilla is like meeting the queen’. You must not touch Cilla, kiss Cilla, out smart Cilla or say ‘Lorra Lorra’. People will find this interesting because a protocol is used when you meet someone important e. g. the queen. When the make up girl starts writing numbers on her hand Nicola gets confused because she thinks that it is her choice to pick and people are not allowed to influence her pick.
‘ Drawing numbers on her hand and making blatant ‘yes’ or ‘no’ faces. As if I’m supposed to see… ‘ I like the phrase ‘bish-bash’ because it sounds like if there will be a big argument and they are usually funny. I find the Cilla protocol funny because the producers make her sound important which she is not. I think that Nicola is trying to appeal to the people who watch Blind Date or shows like it either for the embarrassment factor or the possibility of finding love or just the easy entertainment factor.
I think she doesn’t succeed because the people who didn’t watch will now because of all the publicity. Candidates picked from over 20000 hopefuls a year. Only the bras, strong-minded, outgoing people with interesting pasts are picked. “I’ve already invented the perfect Blind Date identity the temp who save her cash for travelling the world bedding beach bums and living a carefree, sun, sand and sex fuelled existence. Many rehearsals, meetings and phone calls occur before they actually film the show.
” number two keeps fluffing up his lines so we have to keep shooting again and again” The Cilla protocol “meeting Cilla is like meeting the Queen”. I think that Nicola was justified in obtaining her story because any one could have made a story on Blind Date and sold their paper to the papers. It just lucky for her that nobody did so she made money from it. The Blind Date team were not upset because any publicity is good publicity. So the people who didn’t watch Blind Date will read about it in the paper and they will watch it now.