Singing to a dif­fer­ent tune

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - BRI­ANA DOMJEN

THE pub­lic is sick of elim­i­na­tion-style re­al­ity TV singing com­pe­ti­tions and the genre needs a complete re­think, ac­cord­ing to for­mer The X-Fac­tor judge Ro­nan Keating. “I think we need a rest from shows like The X-Fac­tor and so on,” the for­mer Boy­zone singer said. “We need to re­fresh ev­ery­thing a bit and have a re­think about what we are look­ing for and how we do it. We are all ex­hausted with re­al­ity TV shows and singing shows.

“We are ex­hausted by back­sto­ries and the emo­tional at­tach­ment stuff. I am not say­ing to stop it. I just think a rest is a good idea.”

Keating has signed up as Cap­tain on Chan­nel 7’s All To­gether Now. The show is a lo­cal ver­sion of a popular BBC One se­ries, which sees both solo and group singers per­form be­fore a panel nick­named The 100. The panel will stand up and join in the singing if they like what they hear. The more who start singing, the more suc­cess­ful the per­former.

The panel is made up of mu­si­cians from a broad mix of ages and mu­sic back­grounds. Keating be­lieves All To­gether Now is dif­fer­ent from

The X-Fac­tor, which was axed in 2017, and The Voice and will fill a gap in the mar­ket.

“We are not promis­ing the world to these peo­ple. We are not try­ing to make them global su­per­stars or give them record deals.

“It is just about get­ting up, hav­ing a bit of fun and we will give you $100,000 if you are good enough.” Keating will host with

RocKwiz and Euro­vi­sion favourite Ju­lia Zemiro.

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