Funnily enough I'm far less interested in the UK's sort of closed and cliquey "you must be pop or r'n'b or we don't buy stuff" as much as I would be in the far more "we'll buy anything that's good" chart in the USA. I can't really speak for the rest of Europe or the like, but Japan also seems to be nuts about UK rockers too. There could be a lot of gigs/fame/money/limitless power and resources mwaa ha ha in that. We're also thinking about doing a mini-tour of Aussieland because our bassist has a fairly large fanbase over there. The crazy buggers.
I mean I can see your point about not selling out and all, but just because we're not seeing Gareth Gates or Will Whateverhisnameis doesn't mean they're not still in the industry (and TBH not seeing them works for me). I'd sooner inject acid into my retinas than watch these shows so I wouldn't know the folks from them if I fell over them. but I'm sure the news would tell us all about it if they were spotted down their local Tesco.
And at least this version is a show specially for actual bands, with some well-known industry judges (Jo Whiley and the like) so it's not quite as shamefully soulless as the pure pop ones
The problem is that all of this costs money. Getting to gigs costs money, accomodation costs money (if we're not near someone's house), and a professional promoter taking their cut is going to eat us alive. And on a personal note, my gf and I are a bit skint at the moment as it is, so it's not like we've got savings to fall back on any more. I think it's a little early in the band life to start thinking that far ahead, but obviously the idea might have merit some months down the line.