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] Modern studios may have a laser-levelled black resin floor to allow multi-camera tracking.[2]

Examples of shiny-floor shows include studio-based celebrity competition shows such as the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing,[3][4] game shows such as BBC's The Weakest Link,[5] and talent shows such as The Voice and The X Factor.[6]


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