Monday, September 29, 2008


This must surely be the most overused track in British reality TV. It's been in the standard repertoire for a couple of years now, but I've just seen it used to soundtrack stirring recap packages in two different channels in two days.

To be fair, at least our reality TV shows have got a bit of taste. The song is "Hoppipolla", a 2005 single by Sigur Ros (and a minor hit in the UK, despite being sung mostly in Icelandic). But the final two minutes are rapidly becoming an editing shorthand for the way people feel when they make round three of The X-Factor. Stop it, please.

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