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Gareth's latest choir programme. Anyone else disappointed?

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MardyBra Wed 02-Nov-16 22:44:51

Watched the first episode of the new series earlier. Am disappointed that they're not selecting the best choirs, but instead going for the crappy human interest stories.

Sorry, the Durham mums seem very nice ladies but they're not a patch on some of the other choirs, especially the Scottish soul group. Those top notes were very shrill.

jessicapearson Thu 03-Nov-16 06:17:16

Yep I agree and came here to see if anyone else had thought as much! Was convinced it would be the soul group. Or he was going to make the honey one 'cool".

ftmsoon Thu 03-Nov-16 06:26:35

I said the same to DH last night: I want to hear them sing not watch them cry! It's gone all channel4, won't bother with the next episode. sad

Draylon Thu 03-Nov-16 17:26:28

Came looking to see what others thought of this.

I haven't given up yet, though I knew there'd be tears- they're unavoidable on TV these days. it's only a question of time before Monty has to wipe a misty eyes as he prunes his petunias grin .

The thing I noticed was how much better the Durham mums were from the primary school performance to the 4-weeks-later community centre one. Who coached them?

An unfortunate aside, my DS walked through the living room while I was watching, with the sound low, and said 'Blimey, van Tulleken's got his work cut out there! - thinking I was still watching a re-run of 'Trust Me, I'm A Doctor'...!

LIZS Thu 03-Nov-16 17:57:35

It was rather padded out. Would have preferred more choirs/heats on the episode and less of the back stories.

Chippednailvarnishing Thu 03-Nov-16 17:59:42

Smug Mcsmugface does my head in!

INeedNewShoes Thu 03-Nov-16 18:03:48

The editing was unhelpful. It made it look as though the Durham Mums were selected but then didn't receive the musical coaching that they desperately need. Then, lo and behold at the end performance, they very clearly had been having training.

For me, some of the training process should have been shown.

I actually like the Durham Mums, because without having had any training or a standout musical member of the group they were doing a pretty good job at the original audition. This makes their potential more exciting than a group who are already musically pretty good and wouldn't benefit so much from the process.

Draylon Thu 03-Nov-16 21:06:13

I agree. TeeVee has stepped in. I also would've preferred actual choirs, singing, with some useful critical appraisal rather than the sobby back-stories.

I'd've found it interesting as per original Gareth where he sat by a piano and taught people how to hit the right note, how to breathe etc.

This'll be the last, sadly.

MardyBra Fri 04-Nov-16 17:39:49

I reckon the Durham mums had coaching from someone other than Gareth, and that's why they didn't show the process. He was probably too busy swanning around getting the maudlin interviews. Which is a shame because he seemed very good at coaching people in previous series.

Even with coaching though, I still didn't rate them. Very ropey in the upper register.

MrsJamin Fri 04-Nov-16 21:23:31

If I was in a choir in the North / Scotland, I'd have been spitting teeth at the Mums from Durham being chosen as the best from the region! They'd done well for forming by themselves in less than a year but really they were very poor. I adore these programmes usually so I was really disappointed. I think they've opted for the story /journey and lost the musicality. Hopeful that they'll rectify it in the rest of the series but I'm not holding my breath.

NoelHeadbands Tue 08-Nov-16 21:58:57

I've quite enjoyed tonight's programme.

I was a bit 'meh' about EAGA at first but ended up thinking they were all thoroughly fab.

absolutelynotfabulous Wed 09-Nov-16 20:57:34

I enjoyed the acapella prog but not this. Too much filling in, too much piffle, not enough singing.

Why is it necessary to dumb things down?

MrsJamin Thu 10-Nov-16 11:53:45

EAGA were fab in the end. I'm not sure about the format though - what was the hunting for the hotel room about? All he did that day was listen to one choir sing - and he's that tired? Bit weird. I preferred the a cappella programme and it kick started my obsession with listening to a cappella!

Draylon Wed 30-Nov-16 16:26:52

Well, no wonder the Durham Mums lost out last night.

Could barely sing through the sobbing, could they?


carabos Thu 01-Dec-16 16:44:52

The Durham mums were embarrassing- all that crying coupled with rubbish singing. I think he was hoping for a military wives vibe with them. Didn't see anything of their back story, so they just seem like a small group of weeping fat women. The weeping and being fat might be relevant so if that's because they're overcoming something then fair play to them.

Draylon Thu 01-Dec-16 17:07:48


But sadly, the mums did fit a stereotype. And it's, to my mind, 'learned' behaviour. I'm sure that, pre-reality TV, young women people didn't burst into tears the moment they had the tiniest bit of pressure put on them.

Note the posh lads in the a capella group managed to contain their emotion, tho that lad who had the solo taken from him's lip wobbled a bit!

Draylon Tue 06-Dec-16 21:59:35

SemiTones? Really?

Izzy24 Tue 06-Dec-16 22:14:57

Well I thought Semitoned were great and I'm glad they won .

LIZS Tue 06-Dec-16 22:19:22

I think their "story" was good and Gareth particularly related to them. Their initial audition was terribly contrived though.

Knittedfrog Tue 06-Dec-16 22:29:57

I was at the recording of the final and believe me they were the best of a bad bunch on the night!

Draylon Tue 06-Dec-16 22:51:59

I though the gospel choir were better; I thought the Semitones were a bit all over the shop!

Interesting that one of us (*Knitted*) was there!

OublietteBravo Tue 06-Dec-16 22:55:57

I thought Semitoned's gospel was awesome, but hated the second song in their medley (the one in their style).

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