Shiny-floor show

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A shiny-floor show is a light entertainment television program that is recorded in or broadcast from the floor of a television studio, often in front of a live audience. The name derives from the flat floor of the studio, which is typically covered in a shiny temporary self-adhesive plastic overlay.[1]

Examples of shiny-floor shows include studio-based celebrity competition shows such as the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing,[2][3] game shows such as BBC's The Weakest Link,[4] and talent shows such as The Voice and The X Factor.[5]


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  3. ^ Wells, Matt (2004-06-20). "A step in the right direction?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  4. ^ "Behind the Music of the Shiny Floor TV Shows". BASCA | British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  5. ^ "Analysis: Shiny floor talent show audiences tumble while renovations hold firm". mUmBRELLA. October 23, 2014. Retrieved 2016-04-23.