clapometer


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clapometer

(ˌklæˈpɒmɪtə)
n
a device that measures applause
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Opportunity Knocks came along in 1956 and introduced us to the "clapometer." Viewers at home could also join in the fun by sending in postal votes for their favourite act.
The only surprise was that they brought a 1950sstyle clapometer out at the end when everyone could see what was really required at that point was a crapometer.
There are also daily staple choices such as steak or a caesar salad and each day Pascal served up an ooh and aaah clapometer and each evening Frank shared some matching wines.
The winner was determined by the audience sending in their votes, although there was no studio 'Clapometer' as in the later televised version (presumably because this was essentially a visual gimmick), and the winner of each week would return to compete at the end of the series in the 'Winner's Show'.
Hundreds of singers, comedians, musicians and child stars took to the stage to win the votes of the audience, the public's postal vote and of course the famous "clapometer".
Little did Pam Ayres know, when she recited her witty poem with the rather lengthy title, Pam Ayres And The Embarrassing Experience With The Parrot, that the Clapometer would swing in her favour and the postal vote from viewers would clinch her victory.
In the mid-70s, Syd and Eddie were talent spotted in Liverpool at the WookeyHollow and auditioned for Opportunity Knocks, scoring 77 on the clapometer.
There was even a clapometer to judge the five leadership candidates.
However, according to the clapometer, Peter Mandelson's ovation lasted only 40 seconds.
(1995), "People metering: scientific research or clapometer?", in Crewe, I.
The whole text is then staged by the editors, with a running commentary on the events, little bracketed asides giving audience reactions, and the incredibly annoying clapometer that gives a star rating for each performance.