IAmA chiptune/8bit band (Superpowerless) that was invited on Britain's Got Talent by producers and then made fun of AMA
Too long didn't read version: We were asked by Simon Cowell's Record Label, SyCo Records, to go on Britain's Got Talent. After being promised by a producer that we would be shown in a positive light, we agreed to it. They proceeded to massively inconvenience us and insult us personally and professionally on the day of our audition in front of the judges for TV.
Here is the song they wanted us to perform: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml7C82seJyk
Our formal complaint - you can watch a video of me reading it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B8j_gKP-VM
Following on from our conversation at the London Britain's Got Talent audition, we would like to submit a formal complaint.
I was originally approached about the show by a researcher working for Nick Raymonde. They were impressed by my songs, live performances, videos and covers. We discussed in great detail what the act contained, the costumes that would be worn, the way in which we present ourselves and the choice of song.
I was skeptical about appearing on the show at first as it is common knowledge that acts like ourselves are very hit or miss with the judges, I brought this up with one of your producers, Ashley Whitehouse at a meeting/audition we were invited to. Ashley reassured us that we were not approached as a "joke act" and were approached based on our talent and integrity. He also said that the show needs acts like us and it would be "unethical to invite [us] on the show to make fun of [us]". There was a camera recording at this meeting and we were in full costume, showing a video of the song we intended to perform if you wish to look back through the footage and confirm.
On the day of our audition in London we were "interviewed" by Stephen Mullhern, who had made a lot of assumptions about us and specifically targeted his questions in a negative and offensive manner. We were asked repeatedly whether we have girlfriends, if our families are embarrassed and how old we are - insinuating that we were too old to be doing this. Stephen proceeded to claim there was "hope for everyone" after we answered that we all do in fact have girlfriends.
I'd like to point out, our sexual orientation, age and relationship status is nothing to do with our talent, nor is it politically correct to make such assumptions based on our confidence to do something, that you approached us to do on the show.
I understand that it could be seen as an unusual act, but as we had been assured that the show understood the act and wouldn't show us in a negative light, I don't think It was fair to interview us in such a negative way.
We were also given conflicting instructions regarding what to do when we got on stage and given inadequate set up time required for our act. I think this gives you footage of us appearing confused on stage and appearing to take a long time to set up incorrectly due to no fault of our own.
I don't mind too much that Alessia was rude and the judges didn't put us through. I understand the nature of the competition and I think it's fair if they didn't like it.
I know originally I requested that all footage of us was not to be used, but as a compromise, I request in writing, that the footage of both of our interviews with Stephen Mullhern are not aired. I hope your stance is negotiable and I await your response,
Oliver Hindle - Superpowerless
Update: I'm back haha
Update 2: I'm just going to post this to try and clear things up with the people that are still presuming we're upset we didn't get through: They invited us on, and because we're openly geeky they hurled loads of stereotypical geek abuse at us before we even had chance to do what they invited us on the show to do - i don't mind they didn't like us, i don't mind we didn't get through - just the way they treated us while cameras were rolling - it will all edit together really badly for us and encourage more people to be that way with geeky people - it's essentially promoting the bullying of geeks and we're being used as the poster people for it.