Ever since Music Halls and Hollywood Cinemas flashed the titles of their leading lights across hoardings in illuminated letters, we have had a fascination with seeing names in bright illuminated signs. Many a would-be star has dreamed of gazing up and seeing their name in lights.
With fly-on-the-wall television shows like Big Brother we now make stars out of the person next door, sometimes discovering their hidden talents and sometimes just valuing them for who they are, with all their quirks and oddities. What makes you vote for one contestant over another? Do they make you laugh more? Do you fancy them? Do you agree with their politics or what they stand for?
In our celebrity obsessed culture who do we really want our role-models to be? Do you think you have what it takes to be looked to by others as an example, or know someone who should be? Perhaps you simply want to become famous for the sake of it. Well here is your chance.
Read more… Writer Mary Paterson considers Name in Lights and the lure of contemporary celebrity.