Seven in 10 Brits believe some of the UK’s most loved TV shows are fixed , with the nation’s two biggest talent competitions rated as most likely to manipulate the results, according to a new survey.
When asked about popular British TV series includingBig Brother, Love Island and Dancing on Ice, just 31% of respondents were confident that all of the quiz shows and reality programmes in question were fair.
The recently commissioned research by PlayOJO, which is challenging the UK online casino market by being fair and transparent, found that theX Factor was rated as most likely to be fixed, with 40% questioning its fairness.
And, in a further lack of faith in the nation’s most popular TV talent shows,Britain’s Got Talent – which returned to screens on Saturday 14th April – was thought to be fixed by 37% of buzzed-off Brits.
Considering public votes, favourable edits, and ‘cherry-picking’ by producers, the 10 most likely TV shows to be rigged, according to Brits are:
• X Factor – 40% thought that the show was fixed in some way
• Britain’s Got Talent – 37%
• Big Brother – 36%
• I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! –27%
• Love Island – 21%
• The Apprentice – 20%
• Dancing on Ice – 20%
• Strictly Come Dancing – 20%
• The Chase – 14%
• Tipping Point – 11%
Londoners were found to be the most sceptical of British television talent and quiz shows – 78% thought that at least one UK television series was rigged. Viewers in the South West were most trusting, with 37% having faith that none of the shows were fixed in any way.