Thursday, June 09, 2011


Myra, whom few people expected would win. (Website)

In May 2011, 13-year-old Maneepatsorn 'Myra' Molloy was the winner in the TV programme Thailand's Got Talent.

There have been accusations that the result was rigged.


Rumour has it that, in order to arrange Myra's victory, Myra's wealthy father spent at least a million baht.

The criticism of the voting has hit Unilever (Unilever Thai Trading), which spent 200 million baht to get the show rights from London.

Unilever has been accused of rigging the results.

Some angry viewers posted on the internet that they would stop using Unilever products such as Sunsilk shampoo and Rexona deodorant.

Some said the voting process lacks accountability.

Myra will become the new presenter for Sunsilk shampoo.

She receives a 10-million-baht prize.

And, she will become a singer under the Sony Music label.

Some people liked Bell.


How was it that Ronan Parke, the 'favourite' to win 'Britain's Got Talent', was beaten by Jai McDowall?


Ronan Parke's most watched video on YouTube - 3,541,994 views

Jai McDowall's most watched video on YouTube - 913,225 views


Google search for Ronan Parke video - 4,010,000 results

Google search for Jai McDowall video - 1,260,000 results


Google news search for Ronan Parke - 1,120 results

Google news search for Jai McDowall - 474 results


Google image search for Ronan Parke - 488,000 results

Google image search for Jai McDowall - 88,200 results

In May 2008, the UK's Serious Fraud Office was considering an investigation into a series of phone-vote scandals at ITV.

This included the rigging of an award for Ant and Dec, the hosts of 'Britain's Got Talent'.

Fraud police could investigate Ant and Dec's TV voting fix Showbiz

In May 2008, the UK's TV watchdog, Ofcom, warned of "systemic and widespread" problems affecting all broadcasters.

In May 2008, the TV watchdog handed ITV a £5.7million fine for abusing premium rate phone services in viewer competitions.

In 2005, in ITV's British Comedy Awards, the Catherine Tate Show was robbed of a prize.

Tate got more votes from viewers than Ant and Dec's 'Saturday Night Takeaway'.

But, Ant and Dec's programme was announced as the winner of the People's Choice Award.

Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards told a committee of MPs that during a previous case concerning GMTV, the Serious Fraud Office had asked to see the files.

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Gameshow Marathon and Soapstar Superstar were all found to have "serious editorial issues".

Three competitions on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway were found to be in breach of the regulators' codes.

On Soapstar Superstar, producers overrode the viewers' vote, so the wrong participants were put forward for eviction.

ITV made £7.8million from uncounted votes from the programmes involved.

Jai McDowall

On 10 June 2011, Jai McDowall, the Britain's Got Talent winner, had still not been given a recording deal, almost a week after winning the TV contest.

Jai said: “Simon Cowall spoke to me after the final but said he is very busy with American X Factor at the moment."

Simon Cowall is the music mogul in charge of 'Britain's Got talent'.

In the past has wasted no time in signing up the winners from Britain’s Got Talent.

In 2007, Paul Pott was given a record contract within 48 hours of winning the contest.

In 2009, Susan Boyle, runner-up in the contest, got a deal within five days.



Anonymous said...

That Myra girl is only 13? Oh, my... I smell MK (as usual) and prostitution. And lets not forget, its Thailand...

Anon said...

That was quick! Your comment came in seconds after my posting!

- Aangirfan

nobody said...

I'm a farang sure, but me I liked the molloy girl. But it is true her voice is undeveloped. But! Give her a few years of serious training, cast her as Butterfly, and then see if she doesn't break my heart in act III.

Um... that would be Puccini's Butterfly, not the MKULTRA one.

But was it rigged? Sure of course. Always this way.

Waitaminute! Myrna Molloy?
In Bangkok's fair city?
Where the girls are so pretty?
Singing cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!

Anon said...

LOL. Nobody, you are in good form!

- Aangirfan

Noor al Haqiqa said...

What bothers me even more than the potential rigging is the fact that the SAME shows are in EVERY country on the globe.

The languages change. There are cultural differences in voices and appearances. But the format is the very same, all licensed I suppose from the creator of the original, I think is Simon Cowell?

This is the equivalent of sending Disney and MacDonald's and Coca Cola to break up local cultures, the westernizing of the world.

THAT bothers me most of all. It is part of the "sameness" disease only on a global scale.

Anonymous said...

Sameness ? What rubbish, it brings a different music to Thailand, the people themselves can decide. If YOU do not like it, then listen to something else.
Asian bands from Korea have made big inroads into international music.
It raises the bar (of quality), not "sameness"

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