DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
ISHALL let the voiceover set it up for you: ‘‘ Tonight the search begins for Britain and Ireland’s best new music acts’’. There you go. Pretty basic. The prize isn’t a recording contract though. Sort of a good thing. They’re not locked into any kind of slave labour exploitation deal, would be one way to look at it. Instead they get about $162,360 in prize money, that’s £100,000 quid roughly converted, and get to perform at Wembley. Plus if you download any of the songs performed on the show, it says on Wikipedia, 100 per cent of the profits go to the artist.
And it’s not necessarily about singing. It’s any instrument, any song. It becomes apparent early on, if you use your own material you’re going to have an edge here. I know, it frightened me as well, but at least three of these acts weren’t bad. Okay, maybe two. The girl named Hero who played the harp I could’ve done without.
So the auditions are in Edinburgh, Manchester and London. And where are the auditions in Ireland? Nowhere. Those people just have to get the boat over.
The judges are Dizzee Rascal, Jamie Cullum and Sharleen Spiteri. From that band Texas. You’ll know her songs probably.
Each performer needs at
Judge dread: Dizzee Rascal least two yeses from the judges to get through.
I’ll tell you at what point I asked myself why am I watching this: when the first boy from the first act introduced himself as Mason, and then said, M Dott. He should’ve just saidMDott and forgotten about the Mason bit altogether. You don’t hear Snoop Dogg walking out on stage going, hello, my name’s Calvin. But M Dott’s band do write and produce their own music. And be themself, which you’ll agree is crucial. I have a feeling they’re going to be all right because this show is not going to open with a crap act. They’re all right, all right. I’m relieved. They’re only, like 15 years old or sumfink innit.
Then there’s all this fake tension as we wait for the judges to say yes or no. Must be the Music Fox8, 8.30pm