If that is what it takes to be famous, then no thanks

STEVE CANAVAN: My condition is a right old pain in the neck

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I’ve been in London filming this week. It was, how should I put it, an ‘interesting’ programme to be working on, but as usual I absolutely loved it.

This time I was the producer and presenter on a new programme format about the concept of being famous.

You know what it’s like these days, being famous isn’t about having an extraordinary skill or talent and being recognised for it.

Today we live in a society, rightly or wrongly, where ‘fame’ can be achieved by sleeping with footballers, falling out of a nightclub drunk or being on a reality TV show.

The idea behind the programme was to explore the nature of why people want to become famous.

It was kind of a personal journey for me in lots of ways because people ask me all the time why don’t I go on a reality TV show like Big Brother, or sell a story to the national press to become ‘famous’.

But I genuinely don’t think that it’s a credible way for me to get ahead in my career – not that I’m judging those that have done it!

Anyway, I met with Tashie Jackson from last year’s Big Brother, who was brought in as one of the judges/mentors for a new agency that has set up in Manchester to cope with the sheer number of people who are trying to be famous.

Tashie and the agency were part of the TV show’s format and I have to say she really was playing the fame game very well.

She turned up with huge sunglasses, a load of make-up and stilettos – the full works.

To be fair to her, some of the points she raised to the wannabes auditioning to be part of the agency were really valid. Let’s just say I had a slightly different opinion of her by the end of the day.

It was quite embarrassing though and there was one of those awkward moments where the room goes quiet and you don’t know where to look.

The founder of the agency asked this poor young girl to sing and dance to a room full of people – with no music, nothing. I literally wanted to hide in the corner.

If that’s what it takes to be famous, then no thanks.