Must Be The Music Review: Starting On A High Note

August 13, 2010 by Emily Moulder

With the threat of the new season of X Factor looming over us like the Luftwaffe and signalling the end of quality TV, I was dreading Must Be The Music. Much like reality TV, I thought we were done with talent shows, but having seen this latest offering from Sky1 I’m glad it’s not over just yet.

The format is similar to Britain’s Got Talent, hopeful musicians can sing known hits or original songs and play an instrument in whatever way they think will win them the £100,000 cash prize. It also manages to accomplish it’s goal without putting the contestants in a sideshow display case made of mockery and tears.

Marmite-style presenter Fearne Cotton guides the entrants through their journey, commiserating and congratulating when they receive judgement from the panel of musicians: Dizzee Rascal, Sharleen Spiteri and Jamie Cullum. Their collective experience in the industry and vastly different musical styles give a more rounded judging experience and show up Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan as talentless charlatans.

The variety of talent includes solo singers, pianists, bands, Welsh rappers and a violin plucker – an impressive array of performances, most of which I enjoyed more than entire season of BGT. To the casual observer, it would seem that this is Sky’s attempt at clawing back a share of ITV1’s viewing figures, and they’d be right but, thankfully, Must Be The Music is genuinely interested in showcasing some of the most talented people in Britain.

After seeing all the deluded idiots parading themselves for public flagellation on the previous series of X Factor, I think I’d rather tune in to Must Be The Music than sit through the next round of Simon Cowell’s smirk-fest.

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