The Voice UK and Britain's Got Talent are on their way back and will soon be taking over your Saturday nights again.
Last year, the two shows went head-to-head in the schedules and the results were messy. The Voice exceeded expectations with its overall ratings and landed some lusty blows on the Cowell franchise during its successful Blind Auditions stages.
However, by the time the final came around, Britain's Got Talent soared, the new-look panel were likeable, funny and warm, and a dancing dog won itself enough money to buy more than a few Bonios.
In contrast, ratings slipped during the distinctly undramatic Voice live rounds and the show struggled to sell its contestants as seriously credible popstars. The problem was less that winner Leanne Mitchell struggled in the charts (come on, it's only series one) and more that not even the biggest will.i.am fanatic could remember half of last year's finalists. Sam Buttery anyone?
The Voice has thrown in some twists and added some new cogs to the show's format for 2013, involving the coaches being able to steal acts from each other and the inclusion of a 'Killer' song round. This should spice up the midway part of the show and it means fewer live episodes, which is probably a good thing.
But there is still a central format flaw when The Voice does get to the live rounds. The show sets itself up like X Factor with celebrity mentors picking their own teams of contestants. But when the live shows start the acts compete against people in their own team. The word "team" is totally misused.
It also means the coaches' comments are totally meaningless. Why should we care what Danny O'Donoghue says about Tom Jones's acts? His own team isn't competing with Jones's so any element of tension, rivalry or competition is diminished.
Watch Simon Cowell talking about this year's Britain's Got Talent:
Cowell and co seem in a fairly buoyant mood about BGT after last year's feel-good fest with Pudsey's paw-tapping moves, but the show is going to need to up its game again to stay ahead of the spinning chairs.
The David Walliams/Simon Cowell bromance schtick will need a second gag if it wants to remain fresh and the show could also do with a comedian, a magic act or just about anything other than more pop-opera and naff singers.
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