The British public are obsessed with celebrities and their lifestyles with magazines, newspapers and television shows often dedicated to bringing us the latest gossip on the lavish purchase made by someone most of us have never heard of, or the latest trials and tribulations in the marriage of two people you might only have been aware of because they’re in the news so often.
Whatever the reason for them making the headlines might be, they do so because we have an insatiable appetite for the latest gossip and entertainment news. Dedicated television channels have been created to provide platforms for reality shows like Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex (or TOWIE as it’s frequently abbreviated to); and people have made careers out of being “entertainment editors” reporting on the new episodes and series coming our way in the coming weeks and months.
Of course, what is viewed as ‘entertainment’ by one person, might be the complete opposite to somebody else. You can even notice it within your own homes sometimes, when one person is crying with laughter while everybody else fails to see the joke, or why that person is even on their screens.
In a recent survey by greatbritishbingo.co.uk into Britain’s top celebrity, entertainers actually made up the majority of the results. Rather unsurprisingly, political figures didn’t fair too well (with the exception of Boris Johnson - obviously), and in what some might consider to be a surprise there were only two sportsmen in the top 20 - David Beckham and Andy Murray.
The winner of the overall poll, which was carried out among 500 people online, was the comedian Stephen Fry. This shows a somewhat “high brow” side to the British public, especially when the likes of Keith Lemon received a minority of the vote. David Beckham came second in the poll, with Her Majesty The Queen third.
Then we start to get into the entertainers. Simon Cowell, the producer behind shows like X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, along with the owner of the SyCo record label and the man behind One Direction among other top music acts, was fourth just ahead of, ironically, Britain’s Got Talent and I’m a Celebrity hosts Ant & Dec.
The rest of the top ten was made up of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Bob Monkhouse, David Tennant, Ed Sheeran and controversial comedian Frankie Boyle.
Outside the top ten were the likes of Helen Mirren, Peter Kay, Russell Brand, Jason Statham and Prince William (who finished higher in the results than his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge!)
Of the 75 people named in the results, 34 are from the entertainment industry, either in the form of comedians, singers or television stars. This just proves how engrossed we are in the lives of these stars but at least Joey Essex didn’t receive a single vote!
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