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30 Days Of Telly #10

Day ten, a show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving. My first reaction to that question was "Why would I watch a show if I thought I wouldn't like it?" So I nearly dismissed it out of hand. And then I remembered that it sort of did happen.

When the BBC announced that they were having a competition to find somebody to play Maria in The Sound Of Music, I can't say that I had any intention of watching it. A reality show? The BBC does Simon Cowell? Then they announced that John Barrowman was going to be one of the judges, and obviously he wasn't going to be horrible. And, yes, I may have been slightly high on Captain Jack at the time. So I figured what the hell, I'd give it a go. And bizarrely enough, I really enjoyed it. A live band, every week, with live singing and dancing from a bunch of genuinely talented young women. No nastiness, nobody made fun of, and everybody having what looked like a good time. I never got massively into it, as I never really cared who won, but it was an engaging show. Could have used more show tunes, rather than repackaged pop, but with a jazzy orchestra backing it all, it was fun. Then of course the following year they ran a search for a Joseph, and that one really did grab me. I loved that show. I cared who won; but even though there was one definite stand-out, I liked several of the other Josephs as well. It was good to see them perform each week, and I really enjoyed watching it. So whilst it was Any Dream Will Do that I loved, rather than How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, that's sort of nearly answering the question. And yes, I just admitted to having loved a reality show. I think I now have to go and do penance.


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Jun. 21st, 2013 08:23 am (UTC)
ah those were the days, i enjoyed any dream will do so much, as did a whole circle of my lj friends, a really active community sprang up around it. seems like ages ato now tho.
Jun. 21st, 2013 03:24 pm (UTC)
It was a long time! Six years. That's a lifetime on the internet, with how communities change.
Jun. 21st, 2013 11:09 am (UTC)
Ah, yes I know the watching what looks terrible but hey, it's got someone in it and then enjoying it feeling well:) I hope Capt. Jack kept you amused through the dull bits with an array of nice jackets.
Jun. 21st, 2013 03:26 pm (UTC)
Sadly Jack kept his head down, and absolutely refused to indulge in any battles with Daleks, or internet-exploding, random Doctor snogging. But the singing was good, so I didn't mind too much.
Jun. 21st, 2013 11:53 am (UTC)
Ahahaha. Sorry, I had the exact same thing with this one (except I enjoyed them about equally, possibly even Maria more, I don't know) - but I had vowed not to watch any reality TV, and have kept to that, except for these two (and the Oliver one, I confess, as well).

As you say, the fact that, whatever else could be said for or against it, the people involved seemed to be genuinely looking for talent and encouraging it rather than knocking it down - and how many of those who didn't win also ended up in the West End, too - was good. I've seen enough clips of people raking people down on some of the others, and it's not really what I want to be watching for fun.

If we both say that, that officially makes this Better Than Other Reality TV Shows and we're excused, then, right? ;-)
Jun. 21st, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
I watched the Oliver one too, although it didn't grab me as much. I didn't see the fourth. And yes, we're definitely excused in this instance! It was a cut above, certainly. Most of the judges made an effort to look after the contestants (actually John Barrowman has employed a few Josephs since. And Denise van Outen has certainly been keeping one of them gainfully employed...) And the Christmas special, "When Joseph Met Maria" was spectacularly cheesy, in all the right ways!
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