Did we like it?
We expected to hate this Vernon Kay-fronted show in which today’s singers duet with dead stars, thanks to “the magic of modern technology”. And while it was a bit of a creepy concept and it didn’t exactly thrill us, it was a polished show and probably had popular appeal.
What was good about it?
• Vernon Kay wasn’t as annoying as usual and we were actually amused (must be the sherry) by his faked duet with Brucie on The Generation Game, and his collapse in shock at the prospect of Westlife actually doing a dance routine (albeit a very mild routine as they performed Pretty Woman tediously – of course – with Roy Orbison).
• The highlight was Katie Melua dueting on Somewhere Over The Rainbow with Eva Cassidy, the 10-years-dead singer who inspired her. Very touching.
• The most entertaining duet was McFly with a 15-year-old Lulu on Shout, not for the singing but the sight of the boys dressed in 1960s gear and looking fab.
• Sugababes actually managed to sing in tune alongside Dusty Springfield on Dancing In the Street
• Counting the number of chins Boy George has acquired in the 23 years since he first sang Karma Chameleon as the Now George duetted with Then George to prove to us his voice has gone downhill along with his career.
What was bad about it?
• Lulu showing off as she performed I Heard It Through The Grapevine with Marvin Gaye.
• Lulu’s earrings.
• Fever by Simon Webbe/Peggy Lee was the most boring sequence in the show.
• The thought of Roy Orbison spinning in his grave when he looked down from ‘rock’n’roll heaven” and saw himself performing with Westlife.