talent shows

Last Choir Standing, BBC1

Did we like it? Television not fit for swine. What was good about it? • Before they are crushed and mushed by the producers, the choirs do seem to be lovely people following a distant dream. Some of their eyes are ablaze with passion and ambition, but this is...

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Britain’s Got Talent final, ITV1

Did we like it? A very pleasing result ended a week of great entertainment. We love this show and hope it has a few years of life still in it. What was good about it? • Simon Cowell didn't get his own way. His favoured Faryl Smith and Escala finished among the...

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Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals, ITV1

Friday How we rated them 1. Escala: four pretty ladies handled their instruments with deftness and finesse during a lively Live and Let Die. 2. Craig Harper: the over-emotional "killing mesself for me kids" northern comic spoofed Shirley Bassey and Enrique Iglesias...

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Britain’s Got Talent, ITV1

Did we like it? A bit of a ramshackle edition with the auditions crammed in before the umming and aahing over the semi-final line-up. What was good about it? • We think most of the acts we liked got through to the live events, although the selection segment was so...

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Britain’s Got Talent, ITV1

Did we like it? With a good balance of good and bad acts, this was one of the more entertaining audition shows. What was good about it? • The Simon Cowell-Susan Childs exchanges. Susan: "I'm going to be saying some poetry about the hats I wear." Simon (looking...

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Britain’s Got Talent, ITV1

Did we like it? With a decent mix of entertaining good and bad acts, this was much better than last week's low. What was good about it? • While we loved 12-year-old Faryl Smith's Ave Maria, it has ruined the competition because she's a shoo-in for the ultimate prize....

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Britain’s Got Talent, ITV1

Did we like it? Not much. The old and young were patronised, the mentally ill were ridiculed and even the star of the night didn't shine very brightly. What was good about it? • Football juggling Jeremy and exotic bellydancer Sophie. Singer Dean Wilson wasn't bad but...

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Britain’s Got Talent, ITV1

Did we like it? The weakest programme so far was just about rescued with the heartwarming finale. What was good about it? • The heartwarming finale with little dancer George Sampson, discarded last year but coming back with a sensational routine and earning a...

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Britain’s Got Talent, ITV1

Did we like it? We did, a lot, apart from the spurious stories spun by Ant and Dec ("it's been a bad morning in Birmingham"). What was good about it? • The two young Charlies. Ten-year-old jazz singer Charlie Green was the sensation of the show with Summer Wind;...

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Britain’s Got Talent, ITV1

Did we like it? We love this show. It was the TV sensation of 2007 and should pack a big punch again this year. What was good about it? • Ant and Dec remain on top form, especially when winding up the woeful wannabes and ridiculing Simon Cowell's more pompous...

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I’d Do Anything, BBC1

I’d Do Anything, BBC1

Did we like it? Any show which has the catchphrases "You're not Nancy". "You might be Nancy" and "We'll see you at Nancy school" is worthy of some acclaim, but this opener to the latest set of Saturday night West End auditions was a bit dull and screechy. What was...

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The X Factor Final, ITV1

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to “the biggest night in British music”. This was how dishy Dermo hailed this night of nights. The bum-faced Brit Awards overflowing with stuffed-shirt eels wriggling in the around Earls Court are outdated and irrelevant as a pig on a...

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Britain’s Got Talent, ITV1

Did we like it? Some of the acts undoubtedly have fabulous talent, but it’s a pity the same cannot be said about Simon Cowell. Or that anything at all can be said about Amanda Holden. And the only things we can say about Piers Morgan bring out our worst sarcastic...

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When Will I Be Famous? BBC1

Did we like it? Variety is not dead, we often hear. It's the spice of life, some insist. It's a waste of two hours on a precious Saturday night, we reckon, after watching Graham Norton's tedious talent show. And if variety is not dead, please lend us a gun to finish...

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Soapstar Superstar, ITV1

Did we like it? ITV1 may be lousy at almost everything these days but when it comes to anodyne light entertainment they've got it licked. What was good about it? • Zoe Ball emerged with distinction, doing a polished job of presenting. Much better than last year's duo...

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Just The Two Of Us, BBC1

Did we like it? Another pointless exercise which is of entertainment value only to the desperate. What was good about it? • We did watch a lot of the show on x32 so may have missed some good things... but we doubt it. • Ce Ce Sammy is probably the best of all the...

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Brian Conley’s Let Me Entertain You, BBC2

Did we like it? At least the BBC had the decency to show this in the afternoon rather than foist it upon primetime viewers. It's a cheap, rubbish talent show and we don't much care for Brian Conley's cheeky chappie persona – but we'd rather this was on than another...

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So You Think You Can Dance, Living TV

Did we like it? It wasn't the most riveting hour of our lives if we're honest, but if you're into dance you'll enjoy this. What was good about it? David Stern, who wanted his stage name to be 'Sex'. He looked like Dennis Pennis and Cher's lovechild. He was a poor...

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Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes, ITV1

Stephen Mulhern He's vaguely famous for: Presenting Ministry Of Mayhem, the poor man's SM:TV. Who Was He Supposed To Be?: Robbie Williams singing Let Me Entertain You. What He Really Looked Like: The Joker from the uber-camp '60s version of Batman. Wins Points For:...

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Hit Me Baby One More Time, ITV1

Debuted Saturday 2 April 2005 Vernon Kay-hosted show in which hasbeen hitmakers are plucked from obscurity to sing their biggest sellers and perform a cover of something more recent – with viewers voting to send one act into the grand final. Week one Tiffany (I Think...

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Musicality, Channel 4

What to say if you liked it The heartwarming fruition of the avid ambitions of amateur performers who get the chance to star in a West End musical. What to say if you didn’t like it The X-Factor for snobs in which the hopeful singers don’t soil their souls belting out...

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Fame Academy, BBC1

If it hadn't been for Naomi's bad throat, the nation would have been deprived of our Latest Pop Sensation. David Sneddon only got into the Fame Academy through the back door (I'm not talking casting couch action, by the way). Naomi got sick, David got picked and he...

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