QUOTE(dcmbarton @ Mar 6 2008, 11:00 AM)
It could be good, but I hope that it isn't done just to play to cameras. I think its a very difficult task to compare such a wide variety of groups - I wonder under what criteria they will judge them?
But it's bound to play to the cameras! It's a populist programme! One of the BBC's remits is to entertain, and if it fails in that respect, then nobody will win on any front. The adjudication will no doubt be seen to be just as unfair as at music festivals, but nobody suggests that they shouldn't continue - they serve a useful purpose, as hopefully this series will. Anyone who takes it or themselves too seriously will probably be disillusioned and disappointed, but a huge number of people stand to gain something from it.
PS. I suspect that the people who win will not necessarily have the best voices from a classically trained point of view. It's billed as "the Nation's Favourite Choir" so no doubt there will be a public vote, and the public won't be listening for the nuances in the voice that trained singers or teachers would notice. The winners will probably be the most "marketable" group, and best of luck to them. It's horses for courses - it's not the choral equivalent of "BBC Young Musician of the Year", it's about entertainment. If the winning group is then made into a "celebrity group" with recording contracts, TV programmes, articles in magazines etc, then well done to them for spotting the opportunity and making the most of it! It all helps to raise the profile of singing/music-making generally, and encourage more people to take it up.