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A motte is a stone keep on a raised earthwork common in early medieval fortifications. More pertinently,
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You can best describe the attitude most professional artists have towards participating when you see it as a talent show. It makes no sense for big names to participate in shows such as Britain's got Talent or Idols. Eurovision is a bit more prestigious but not enough to draw actually big names.
I think it is more likely that this is an effect of the other major cause of obesity: A Decrease in physical activity.