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The Voice

I was speaking to Daphne Colthard the other day on how critics tend to avoid the lowbrow. She said she went to Jimmy’s an all-you-can-eat-buffet of Chinese, Japanese ,Mexican and Italian dishes for under £10 but as a freelancer it was unlikely that any magazine or paper would be  interested though it would attract many more diners and readers than a £100 per head metro restaurant.u

This weekend I have had some friends staying being two sisters and their families. Both wanted to watch The Voice and with no other obvious  entertainment on offer  I was happy to go along. I thought that after a few minutes I would want to read the Saturday papers . I would not go as far as to say I was entranced but I did enjoy the format. This was 4 coaches, Ricky Wilson, Rita Ora, Will. I. Am and Sir  Tom  Jones who promote their stable of singers. They all sing in turn and a vote is taken on who progresses to the next  round.

Perhaps to move on from the severity of The Apprentice and other talent shows , the coaches were noticeably generous in appreciating the singers.  I thought only one a sixteen teen old sassy blonde from the valleys Karis Thomas already with a child had that indefinable star quality as she belted out her number. Sarah Bernhardt once said that an actor’s most necessary quality is determination. Karis’ mother was disabled and in a wheelchair prior to her birth and Karis is doing her best to succeed for her daughter Grace. I think she will.

The key factor is that there is something for all here – the coaches are diverse in age, gender, colour. Sir Tom Jones looking most elegant  in a powder blue suit and shirt and tie cuts a dash whilst Will.i.am was more yer mouthy rapper. Even our audience that went from 6 to sixty were joining in with their  view.

I doubt if I would watch it again but the BBC has come up with an appealing new concept on a traditional theme: the talent show.


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About Bernadette Angell

After cutting her journalistic teeth in Boston USA, Bernadette met and married an Englishman, whom she followed back to London. Two decades and three children later, they divorced. She now occupies herself as a freelance writer (credits include television soaps and radio plays) and occasional amateur gardener. More Posts