First, it was Rico the Magician who failed to advanced to the finals despite an incredible performance. Now comes Dance Selection. Pilipinas Got Talent is fast becoming more of a star search than a talent search. All because good looks has become the basis for outright entry into the finals.
I personally see a major flaw in the mechanics of Pilipinas Got Talent which may account for the show's ridiculous over-emphasis on good looks. The show allows its hosts and executives to vote. It is but natural for these people to vote for people who look good on television being in the industry themselves. ABS-CBN will have an easier time to market good-looking winners than ugly ones. The network stands to gain more money should it make stars out of the winner of the talent search. And good-looking people, despite minimal talent, are easier to turn into stars than ugly ones, overflowing talent notwithstanding.
In America's Got Talent, the ultimate winner gets to take his or her act to Las Vegas. It is the act not the contestant's good looks that take centerstage in America's Got Talent. There are no television networks out to turn the winner into a television or movie star. There are no intentions on the part of network executives to make money out of the winner of the American talent search.
Pilipinas Got Talent is a talent search. As such, it must prioritize talent as the basis in picking out its winner. Sadly, the show places too much importance on how the contestant looks on television. Physical appearance clearly defines the show's eventual winner. Sadly, truly incredible acts are overlooked in favor of mediocre performances by good-looking contestants.