Television audiences to any reality talent show are used to encountering the good, the bad and the ugly in equal measure. (And that's just on the judge's panel!)
When Jonathan Antoine and Charlotte Jaconelli stepped onto the stage of Britain's Got Talent, those watching were prepared for anything. Except what they were about to actually hear.
Charlotte, a confident sixteen year old, did most of the talking. But most snap judgements are made on looks and everyone was staring at the teenager beside her. The show's makers, in anticipation of this (or maybe ensuring that opinion was steered in that direction), cut to a backstage interview.
There was seventeen year old Jonathan shyly talking about being bullied for his size. There was Charlotte forthrightly stating that she would always defend him. People should look at what's inside, not what's on the surface.
But for now, Jonathan was on the stage. For myself, it wasn't so much his size that had me biting my nails on his behalf, but the fact that he was trembling from head to foot.
Simon, in his lucratively scathing manner, asked if they thought they might win. His expression said, 'The chick looks half-decent, the dude's a liability.' But nevertheless, after Charlotte's affirmation, he invited them to sing.
Let's just say that 'Another Susan Boyle' started trending world-wide on Twitter within minutes of them stepping off the stage.