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    Posted: 25 Mar 2012 at 11:21

Who needs The Voice of reason, when you can have Cowell's razzmatazz

By Ian Hyland

PUBLISHED: 02:18, 25 March 2012 | UPDATED: 07:07, 25 March 2012

Lovers of coincidence might find it timely that ITV1 is launching its latest costume drama Titanic tonight. Because only last night ITV teamed up with Simon Cowell to plant an enormous iceberg in front of the BBC’s new multi-million-pound musical flagship, The Voice UK.

Like a well-fuelled gipsy wedding conga rampaging through a genteel tea dance, Britain’s Got Talent returned, hellbent on spoiling the party. And even if you don’t care for Cowell’s brash approach, at this early stage there seems little point in the BBC’s band playing on.

Yes, Britain’s Got Talent may once again have been over-scripted, over-edited, over-contrived, overly-pleased-with-itself teen-movie nonsense. And yes, the actual talent on display may have left a lot to be desired – especially that gladiator impersonator who really should have called himself Tedious Maximus.

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Clash: Jessie J and Tom Jones on The Voice, which has so far lost out in the battle with Britain's Got Talent


Razzmatazz: Judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell on 'Britains Got Talent'

But with memories of last year’s damp squib still fresh in the mind – I mean, can you even remember who won? – this first episode must go down as a refreshing lick of paint. Cowell, of course, had already won the pre-show publicity battle – although that wasn’t too difficult a task given the way 90 per cent of entertainment reporters buckle at the knees if he so much as looks at them across a crowded screening room.


That Britain’s Got Talent will now go on to win the ratings battle would seem a foregone conclusion. I just wish I could argue that, in terms of entertainment, it won’t be a deserved victory.

It’s not that The Voice is a terrible programme. It’s just terribly worthy. And terribly long. I know it’s fashionable to complain about there being too many ad breaks during the big ITV talent shows but, oh, how I would have welcomed just the odd one or two as The Voice trundled on. It says something that the most excitement during last night’s 80-minute marathon came right at the very start, when four chairs lit up one by one on an empty and silent stage.


Badly judged: Pop singer Jessie J has not been able to compensate for the showmanship of Cowell's production

But the real killer for The Voice is that its gimmick, where the judges sit with their backs to the auditionees and only turn around if impressed, is neither dramatic nor theatrical enough.

Having never succumbed to American-style positivity, I still find the brutal finality of someone being buzzed off much more exciting than the happy-clappy optimism of someone being buzzed in.

The crueller truth is that despite being  the new kid on the block, The Voice  looked woefully dated, conservative  almost, when compared with Cowell’s  all-whooping roadshow.

And that’s the BBC’s fault. The Voice has already been a worldwide hit, particularly where they know how to give a show the full Vegas treatment. For some reason, the BBC took the decision to play the understated card, which seems a bizarre approach to a show reportedly costing them £22 million.

In terms of creating a buzz there’s nothing worse than hearing a bunch of serious music types endlessly preaching that ‘it’s all about the voice’. Especially when you then discover The Voice’s producers are employing the same tricks as the other talent shows at which they sneer.


King of the talent shows: Simon Cowell poses on the red carpet ahead of the first of the auditions for BGT

In the first episode alone, we had a poor woman with alopecia, a chubby young man who’d been bullied, a girl whose mother had passed away, a guy who had crippling confidence issues, and an unfortunate soul who has spent ten years living with the fact that he used to be in the boy band 5ive. Come on, BBC. It might be laudable that you don’t tell their stories to the judges, but you are still serving them up for the viewers. At least with Britain’s Got Talent you know that is the intention all along. In fact, they are now so desperate  to ‘stumble’ across another SuBo moment they are openly admitting it on air.

Away from the acts, surely only the  most devoted Tom Jones fan would argue that he and his fellow judges at The Voice come out on top. Cowell and newcomer David Walliams have formed quite a double act, although it’s more Mavis and Rita than Morecambe and Wise. Alesha Dixon also looks relieved to have shaken off the Strictly shackles while Amanda Holden is doing what she does best – clapping like a demented seal.

Over at The Voice, Will.i.am’s randomness and 23-year-old Jessie J’s middle-aged sincerity are hardly a winning combination, while the best I can say about alleged Irish rock superstar Danny O’Donoghue is he’s a slightly better booking than Daniel O’Donnell.

Sir Tom does his best with an Elvis anecdote here and an Aretha namedrop there. But, as he faces up to another two months of this show, no one would forgive him if his thoughts turned towards his legacy and he decided that he’d rather be remembered as ‘the Voice’ than for The Voice.

But the person whose future I’m most concerned for is the man who signed the cheque to bring The Voice to our screens, BBC1’s new controller Danny Cohen. Because if it does turn out to be a massively expensive flop I fear the only big chair left spinning will be the one in his office.


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