Saturday Swings, BBC1

by | Sep 23, 2006 | All, Reviews

Highlights

• A real antidote to the wannabe singers on The X Factor prior.

• Mick Hucknall’s Everytime You Go Away. He may be an odious character but he has such a haunting voice.

• A nice mix of young and old, crooners and contemporaries.

• The cast of The Rat Pack live from Las Vegas singing an amazingly accurate version of That’s Life.

• Jamie Cullum giving us some real Trad Jazz with Fascinating Rhythm.

• Lucis Silvas singing The Look Of Love, a brilliant song sung very well.

• South Yorkshire’s finest Tony Christie belting out Avenues And Alleyways.

• Katie Melua – pure class

• Paul Anka’s surprisingly cooky but vocally perfect version of Van Halen’s Jump.

• The legendary song Amore being sung so well by new Italian sensation Patrizio.

Lowlights

• Tony Christie singing Amarillo. This time last year, yes, but now we are sick of that damn song.

• Nitwit Natasha Kaplinsky’s sycophancy. But at least she’s better suited to light entertainment froth than hard news – kick her off the BBC Breakfast sofa now.

• The setting. Bit predictable. A theatre may have been better than Television Centre.

• The sound quality wasn’t the best.

• Only having Dionne Warwick and Tony Bennett talking and not singing. Indeed, the programme could have done without the now customary talking heads and more singing.

• Some singers ain’t what they were and it can be best to leave sleeping dogs lie. Looking at you Andy Williams.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles

23/09/2006

Editor of the website and host of the podcast. A general TV obsessive. I've been running the site since 2008 and you can usually find me in front of the TV. My Favourite show of all time is Breaking Bad with Cracker coming a close second. I feel so passionately that television can change the world and I'm doing my little bit by running this site. You're Welcome!

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