In the UK, X-Factor 2016 ended a few days before the new year emerged. Some days after 2017, The Voice started. I have been watching talent shows for ...
I've always thought of 'The Voice UK' as the runt of the reality family (yes, I even found 'Dancing On Ice' marginally more entertaining). Its desperation to be taken seriously, coupled with its holier-than-thou approach to the talent show format, made it a complete turn off for me. But come Saturday night, I decided to give it a chance, mainly to see if it had finally shed its nicey-nicey BBC image.
Step forward Mo Adeniran. The very first week of the new series on ITV and a star has fallen into their laps. The BBC must be secretly kicking themselves that no-one like Mo had deigned to audition while on their channel. Despite all The X Factor's misgivings, the show certainly knew how to launch a star and it seems that The Voice UK now has one of its own.
The 2016 series of The Voice is the last one with the BBC, and with a move to ITV on the horizon, there's a chance for the show to fulfill its full potential. By keeping the best bits, and implementing a handful of small but much-needed changes, a truly fantastic show could be (re)born. Seriously.
They have faced a blind audition, a battle and knockout round and two previous live shows...ladies and gentlemen meet your 2015 The Voice finalists: Sasha, Emmanuel, Lucy & Stevie.
Emmanuel is a serious contender, another act who has been brilliant throughout. This was absolutely amazing. His range is off the scale. From the minute he started singing, to the minute he stopped, it was faultless. 10/10
Twelve acts remain and of those, four will leave tonight. No second chances. It will be pack your bags and Bon voyage!
Team Rita and Team Will can now relax in their big red swivel chairs having picked their three acts ready for the live shows. Sunday night and the stress and pressure is now on for Team Ricky and Team Sir Tom.
No doubt like a lot of people by now, I've had a quick go at playing the two songs back to back, chucking on Gaye's Got To Give It Up followed by T&P's Blurred Lines, and vice versa. A quick go at playing judge and jury. And, well, yeah they do sound pretty similar. Tempo, the syncopated rhythm, the vocal pitch, even - arguably - the yukky sexism. But hey, what do I know?
Clark Carmody is one of the favourites for a reason, but I don't think tonight was his best showing. I know he has 'it' but the song choice wasn't right. I like him and his voice, so let's hope Rita gives him another chance.
This Saturday's epic battles are the reason the show is doing so well. World class singers, likeable coaches and enjoyable watchable TV.
First up, was toilet roll seller Vanessa Hunt, who started off slowly but very quickly got better and better. I really can't knock her vocal, it was brilliant but at this stage, it just wasn't enough for me to turn. Vanessa ended with Team Rita.
I am absolutely lost as to why, by the power of Greyskull, I watch it. I really am. The Voice UK is, without doubt, absolute toilet, and yet, somehow I've just accepted it into my life.
Bungle, I mean Paul Cullihan was hoping his audition would end with five chairs spinning, sadly there was no 'rainbow' at the end of his performance and he went home.
Jackman says he is defiantly looking into working with numerous stars including Sam Smith and is determined to work with as many talented people as possible throughout his career.
After all the comings and goings of the last few weeks, finally a moment to write properly about Bob Blakeley. Within two months of meeting him I had signed him and recorded his album Performance which is proudly released on Dramatico records on 19 May. If it's been a whirlwind for me you can imagine what it must have been for him...