talent shows
Gary Barlow chats ‘Let it Shine’

Gary Barlow chats ‘Let it Shine’

Saturday sees the start of Gary Barlow's new talent show Let it Shine on BBC One. It's a search for a boyband to perform in a show based on the songs of Take That that will go nationwide. It sees Barlow joined on the judging panel by Dannii Minogue? Martin...

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ITV announce new entertainment shows

ITV announce new entertainment shows

ITV have announced two new entertainment formats which are expected to air early 2017. Award winning actress and comedienne Dawn French is to host Little Big Shots, a brand new series based on the hit US format. The series shines the spotlight on some of the world’s...

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The X Factor confirm new hosts

The X Factor confirm new hosts

After some speculation ITV have confirmed that former Xtra Factor presenters Olly Murs and Caroline Flack will host the The X Factor when it returns in the autumn. Murs was a popular choice when it was recently announced long time host Dermot O'Leary would be leaving...

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Is Saturday Night Entertainment Dead?

Is Saturday Night Entertainment Dead?

The announcement of BBC1's new Saturday night entertainment comedy puppet show The Puppet Game Show caused me to sigh in sheer despair. I know it's wrong to pre-judge a programme months before it appears on television but seriously, is a celebrity puppet show the best...

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The Speaker, BBC2

Did we like it? Inspired by the great and most persuasive public speakers in history: Martin Luther King, Barack Obama, err, Adolf Hitler etc, "Britain’s teenagers all have something to say." squawked Jane Horrock’s nasally voiceover ‘So we invited them to submit...

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Eurovision: Your Country Needs You, BBC1

Did we like it? The mission to revive the UK's Eurovision Song Contest hopes, spearheaded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Graham Norton, begins in a grotesque and pathetic way and will, we can clearly predict, end in abject failure, even without blaming block voting. What...

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The X Factor, ITV1

Did we like it? The good role models, dripping in likability factor, dreaming their f**king dreams, covering those corporate pop songs as best as they could rolled up for one last time. Most of the show was vile rubbish; but there were few little gems along the way –...

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Wayne Rooney’s Street Striker, Sky1

Do we like it? It's the reality show revelation of the season. What is good about it? • The Vernon Kays and Dermot O'Learys of this world may prance around like attention-seeking toddlers when called upon to appear on primetime television shows. But Wayne Rooney turns...

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The X Factor, ITV1

Did we like it? Just when we were getting jaded, the show comes alive with some performances that actually managed to entertain us, and the result was on a knife edge all night. What was good about it? • The result was the correct one. Diana could have turned out to...

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The X Factor, ITV1

Did we like it? Enough already! Frankly, we're bored by having the same people singing at us every Saturday night – especially as their performances are getting worse, not better. What was good about it? • Ruth got the boot despite being exhalted by the judges for her...

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The X Factor, ITV1

Did we like it? One of the more enjoyable live shows was rounded off nicely with the result: Rachel and her racket are gone. Hooray. What was good about it? • Alexandra has edged her way to the top of our league, despite being uncool enough to tell Take That she had...

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The X Factor, ITV1

Did we like it? It was Best of British night and we're left feeling a little ashamed that this shambles was regarded as something to crow about. What was good about it? • Phew. Daniel is out after draining any poignancy from Bridge Over Troubled Water in the sing-off...

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The X-Factor, ITV1

Did we like it? As disco nights go, it was more scout hut and cider than Studio 54 and champagne, but week four of the live finals did have some shiny happy moments. What was good about it? • These performances: Diana, who somehow managed to retain some credibility...

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The X Factor, ITV1

Did we like it? Big band night is normally big bland night but this year's swingtime was hugely entertaining with several of great performances. What was good about it? • The viewers voted according to the performances on offer and the worst two collected the fewest...

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The X Factor, ITV1

Did we like it? We're no fans of Michael Jackson's music so seeing 11 karaoke versions of his songs didn't amount to a Thriller. But not all of it was Bad. What was good about it? • The apocalyptic DEADLOCK was back, TV's most awe inspiring moment. Although it did...

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The X Factor, ITV1

Did we like it? The exploitation of the mentally ill in the auditions and the boot camp boredom is behind us. The live shows have started and, yes, we're bloody well excited. What was good about it? • The spot-on verdict of the viewers, chucking out Bad Lashes after...

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