Just time to squeeze in one last offering before the cut-off for the “compendium”... and I am turning my attention to the battle of the Saturday talent shows.
I’ve watched the early episodes of both The Voice and Britain’s Got Talent and, as I expected, both have their good and bad points. I must
admit, I’m enjoying David Walliams on BGT... not my cup of tea as a performer, but his charitable achievements are genuinely inspiring and the way he “handles” Simon Cowell (for all that it may be stage-managed) certainly makes for decent television. And Ant & Dec are still in a class of their own as presenters...
As for the contestants thus far, the young Welsh choir Only Boys Aloud were superb and I guess the overweight, long-haired “let’s all laugh at him” youngster was always going to have a decent voice – the reality was remarkable nonetheless. That said, I assumed Zipparah Tafari was going to fall on his proverbial, but although his Where Me Keys, Where Me Phone rap won’t win him the competition, I’d be surprised if it doesn’t become at hit...
Over on BBC1, I wasn’t sure about the concept of The Voice after the first show, but it’s growing on me... the judges are diverse enough to actually gel quite well, but the subject of this blog was a contestant on last Saturday’s episode...
I wasn’t actually looking at the screen when Bo Bruce took to the stage, but much as I appreciate musical taste is subjective and not everyone will agree, this young lady has a stunning “voice” and it was no wonder that she
attracted the attention of a couple of judges and duly progressed into the next round.
This is where this particular format arguably comes into its own... Since Bo’s appearance, there have been articles in the media regarding her upbringing: she is the daughter of the Earl of Cardigan (her “full” name is Lady Catherine Anna Brudenell-Bruce) and an ancestor apparently led the Charge of the Light Brigade. Bo’s schooling and various personal teenage issues have been reported –the nature of the media beast I suppose – but I’ve read a number
of forum comments that are fairly damning about Bo’s so-called “privileged background”.
As far as I know, none of my family has led any “charge”... not even into a department store at January sale time, but one thing that Bo could never be even remotely guilty of is choosing the family into which she was born. And if there is a “story” beneath the surface, then better to be open from the outset because these things always seem to end up in the press one way or another. In truth, most of us have a past of some sort, or difficult issues to deal with, but in this day and age raising your head above the parapet and into the public eye makes you fair game and the decision to showcase her talents, irrespective of the consequences was only ever Bo’s to take.
I don’t know Bo... I probably won’t ever meet her, but she is blessed with a talent and a voice that deserves to be heard. None of what I’ve read had changed my opinion... actually if anything; it has actually added some admiration of Bo the person, as well as Bo the singer. I’ve only ever voted for one person in any of these types of show... that was Danielle Hope, who went on to win Over the Rainbow... Bo Bruce will be the second person for whom I will
pick up the telephone and I really hope there are plenty of other people who will do the same...
All my own work... almost.