Meet Sasha King, a down-to-earth young writer who finds herself working inside a world that both repels and fascinates her: Project Icon, the once-mighty TV talent show that’s taken a hit in the ratings. In an attempt to get back on top, the show has recently hired two new celebrity judges, entrepreneur-actress-singer Bibi Vasquez and rock legend Joey Lovecraft, a priapic wild man who doesn’t even own a TV (it goes against the teachings of his guru, Tibetan high lama Yutog Gonpo).
In addition to the demands of the new judges, Sasha has the task of handling frighteningly robotic host Wayne Shoreline (who may or may not eat puppies as part of his pre-show prep), young would-be idols (including the foul-mouthed Mia Pelosi and the chaps-wearing Jimmy Nuggett), muckraking gossip columnists, and the powerful executive of a competing reality TV talent show. The combination of characters will leave readers swimming in a cocktail of pure crazy: Project Icon.
In Elimination Night, we get a peek at the deliciously outrageous machinations—the ego clashes, meltdowns, and cover-ups—that take place behind the scenes of the talent shows we’ve become addicted to. The details of their inner workings are so accurate that the book had to be written anonymously.
Elimination Night is a fictional story about what goes on behind the scenes of television talent shows (similar to X Factor, American Idol etc).
I thought this was a great idea for a book with reality TV being a big part of peoples lives for the last few years.
Sasha King is the assistant producer of Elimination Night which is into its thirteenth season. The press believe that this will be the last series due to the audience figures dropping. However, with two new judges for the new series this could be the biggest show yet. However, one of the judges Bibi is a massive diva and has a whole team of people constantly around her (even giving her cue cards on what to say about someones audition). And then there is 60 year old ex rocker Joey who has been in and out of rehab so many times people have lost count.
The staff on Elimination Night feel like they are watching their backs every step of the way, waiting for head office to give them the chop. But as the live shows get closer, will they make it to the end of the season?
It was an ok book. I really enjoyed some bits but I felt that it was rushed a lot and jumped forward several weeks at a time, so you were being told what happened rather than reading it as it happened. It was light hearted but very samey and I found it hard to actually relate to any of the characters.
There were certain parts of the story which made me think it could be a insider story? Would be interesting to know!!