(12:30 p.m. EDT) -- We've had the X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and Popstar to Opera Star, so it was only a matter of time before a talent show arrived on our screens searching for a cruise ship entertainment star.
Back in 2010, we reported on a new reality TV show, Showboaters, featuring the search for the next big talent in cruise entertainment. Fast forward nine months and the programme is about to launch.
Showboaters was shot on Thomson Cruises' flagship, Thomson Dream, in the Caribbean, earlier this year. Ten amateur entertainers, ranging from a 56 year-old hairdresser to a 21 year-old steel worker, battled it out on the high seas for a place in Thomson Dream's entertainment team in the forthcoming Caribbean season.
As well as performing, the finalists had to learn about shipboard life, working in different roles around the ship under the supervision of cruise director Stephen Guy. In true talent show tradition, there was a vote-off, with the passengers as the audience, alongside a panel of judges. Two contestants were cut every week for three weeks, before the grand finale, featuring the final four.
Were they any good, or just a bit ‘cruise ship', to quote X Factor judge Simon Cowell's favourite put-down? You can find out in September, when the eight-part series will air on Sky 1 and Sky 1 HD.
--by Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic Contributing Editor