I Can See Your Voice: Yes, it’s another gameshow… there’s not enough of them on TV, is there?
Immediately making me think of The Voice, which moved from BBC to ITV, some singers are bad and some are good. Who will be which? Does it matter?
Paddy McGuinness is in need of a Saturday night vehicle after Take Me Out was unfortunately cancelled after 11 series, despite still pulling in the ratings.
The panel of celebrities are… well, I say ‘celebrities’, but they’re a very tired bunch, indeed. First up is Alison Hammond – the answer to a question no-one asked, who just turned up on TV in Big Brother 3, best known for jumping on a table and breaking it. She’s still plugging her only schtick that ‘fat is funny’ (it’s not – it just means you’re more likely to contract COVID19); Amanda Holden with her obvious botox, Jimmy Carr who’ll shill for any show, and there’s a guest music star, McFly’s Danny Jones… who? Exactly. He’s got a ton of piss-awful tattoos, even all over his hands!
Between Alison’s cackling laugh, and Jimmy’s fake laugh, I’m not sure whose is worse.
An early diversity box was ticked with the first contestants being two middle-aged husbands, Lee and John, who want to win the £10,000 so they can take their children to Florida. Certainly not happening in 2021, for sure.
Time was then wasted as we were ‘introduced’ to the potential singers, all commented on by the panel, including Alison saying of the rugby player, “He doesn’t respect that microphone enough”. Pardon? How come her time isn’t up?
Anyhoo, each of the singers had to pose badly and hold their pose for the camera, including Queen of Clubs, holding her fingers up to her eyes. Then, husbands Lee and John had to ditch a singer without hearing them.
It’s a bit like Naked Attraction when you make decisions without seeing the goods.
After each selection, the singers then take to the mic to show whether or not they can actually sing, while other rounds include miming to their own voice, and interrogating one of the singers (well, asking a few questions within 30 seconds).
Oh, and referring to the singers as ‘Teacher’, ‘Rising Star’ and so on is like the godawful The Masked Singer when the ‘names’ are the outfits that the contestants inhabit. Similarly, that show’s panelling Ken Jeong also hosts the US version of this new show, and when a singer has to sing and reveal whether or not they’re talented, instead of shouting, “Take it off!”, they shout, “Let’s. Hear. Your. Voice.”
Beyond the basics, it never improved, and it took a whole hour until husbands Lee and John had whittled the singers down to one singer. If they were good, they’d win £10,000. If not, they wouldn’t, and the bad singer would scoop the cash. As for whether the pair win, you’ll have to suffer as much as I did.
After broadcast, these tweets summed up my feelings:
Dear BBC, can we have more Prince Philip coverage please?#icanseeyourvoice
— Robert Clubb (@robertclubb1) April 10, 2021
— Why Hello Jill (@whyhelloojill) April 10, 2021
— Mr David Stewart (@Dave_idStewart) April 10, 2021
I Can See Your Voice begins on Saturday April 10th on BBC1 at 7.20pm. The series is unlikely to ever be on Blu-ray and DVD, but you can watch each episode after broadcast on the BBC iPlayer.
Director: Julia Knowles
Producers: Hally Booth, Phoebe Janner, Sarah Mittell, Sam Nutt, Peter Oliver
Writer: David Reilly
Title Music: A-Mnemonic
Presenter: Paddy McGuinness
Presenter: Paddy McGuinness
Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.