Suitable for: All students from 1st year – TY
Documentary length: 37 mins
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Note: The documentary contains some expletives. We have chosen clips which do not contain any bad language but students will encounter some if they listen to the documentary in full.
In the past, finding fame relied on talent and being in the right place at the right time. Since the birth of reality TV, popstars and fame can be manufactured, sometimes overnight. As students will be aware, the Irish music industry has had its fair share of reality music stars including Jedward, the famous twins who shot to fame after The X Factor. In this documentary, Nicoline Greer talks to those Irish contestants that have gone before John and Edward and chased the X-Factor dream including Emma O’Driscoll who was part of the band Six created from the winners of the Irish programme Popstars; Tabby Callaghan who was a finalist in the first X-Factor in 2004, and to Eoghan Quigg, who came third in the X-Factor in 2009.
The thematic unit of work uses the documentary as a primary text, as is recommended in the English Specification.
Throughout the unit of work, students will be guided through activities which include:
- A pre-listening discussion about the central theme (fame)
- A short active-listening exercise to identify the characteristics of a good opening
- Making notes on various characters in the documentary
- A series of multiple-choice comprehension questions about the documentary content
- A memory activity requiring close active-listening
- Using the documentary as a springboard into creative work designing and promoting their own band
The unit builds up to the final, summative task; to plan and record a mock interview intended for radio exploring the central theme of Fame.
The summative task is preceded by scaffolding activities, followed by AfL materials including self and peers assessment activities.
Schoolboys John and Edward Grimes are part of a generation that dream of fame and of being celebrities.
Though the television judges repeatedly told them that they couldn’t sing, with their unique style and self-belief, John and Edward built up a huge fanbase, especially among thirteen and fourteen year old girls.
Hairdressers reported people coming in looking for the ‘Jedward’ hairstyle. Facebook groups quickly gathered thousands of members both in favour or against the twins.
Every Saturday and Sunday evening, the Lord Lucan pub was packed out with supporters of the twins. And after they were eliminated from the competition, extra security had to be employed to bring them to their appearance on the Late Late Show Toy Show, such were the numbers of fans outside the building.
The Documentary on One talks to those Irish contestants that have gone before John and Edward and chased the X-Factor dream.
Programme maker Nicoline Greer meets Emma O’Driscoll who was part of the band Six that was created from the winners of the Irish programme Popstars; Tabby Callaghan who was a finalist in the first X-Factor in 2004, and to Eoghan Quigg, who came third in last year’s X-Factor.
She finds out what they have been doing since the television shows ended and how all three eventually found themselves back in their hometowns, wondering what to do next.
Playing to 120,000 people in the Phoenix Park, living with Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne in their L.A. mansion and supporting a Boyzone tour were some of the experiences that these three will remember for the rest of their lives
But the Documentary on One also uncovers some of the challenges that young and often naïve people have to deal with when dealing with the music business and the huge machine that is the X-Factor.
Recorded, compiled and narrated by Nicoline Greer.
Sound Supervision by Mark McGrath.
First broadcast 23rd January 2010.
An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries.