A few words on The Masked Singer

The Monster, one of the stars of the Masked Singer. But who are they?

***WARNING!!*** This post is about a show that is on primetime British television. As it is a post about a television show there is the possibility that it may contain content some may consider to be spoilers, although you’ve probably found out before you read this anyway. Still, it’s only fair that I warn you before you continue reading in case you haven’t because I don’t want to be THAT person. You know who I mean.

Thank you for reading. And now, here’s the post.

The Masked Singer is crazy.

Bats**t crazy.

Quite possibly the most bats**t crazy thing I have ever seen on TV.

But I’m kind of into it. Sure it isn’t high art, but TV designed for Saturday Prime time TV isn’t supposed to be. Yes it’s another show featuring people singing, but it’s ultimately a guessing game. I admit it is fun trying to work out who they are. My mum ended up making a list of all the people she thought was performing in disguise on the show (she’s about 95 percent certain that the Hedgehog is Alfie Boe, but who knows?). And the costumes the disguised celebrities wear are pretty impressive, however I imagine that at least one of the contestants are baking hot and/or struggle to go to the toilet in them.

If there’s any real criticism, it’s probably that it’s a bit too long at 90 minutes, a length no doubt made so by ITV’s penchant for putting an ad break after every performance and prior to announcing who has won the vote to the next show. There is also the chance that Mr Chow from the Hangover (who happens to be on the panel of the American version as well), could end up becoming very annoying as the series rolls on. But in all, it’s a harmless bit of cheesy fun and we all need something like that now and again.

One last thing, I’m pretty sure John Barrowman is not the unicorn. For one, it would be pretty obvious from the get go that it was him. Plus if it was him do you really think Schofield and Willoughby would have asked him if he was during the first episode of Dancing on Ice, on which he is the newest judge? They’d be stupid to try and give it away and thus ruin the outcome of another TV show, but hey, that’s just my opinion.

You decide:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVIeNMNJiIg

30 Blogs of November: Day 23 – The Day of The Day of the Doctor

So I was going to write a lengthy post about a certain TV programme that was on this evening, but I am finding it hard to get the words together. Plus I feel that if I did go on a lengthy ramble I will probably reveal a lot of things that could be classed as spoilers (I might still do, but I’ll try not to make them too obvious).

So, The Day of the Doctor really was amazing, wasn’t it? Like a lot of Whovians I’d been waiting for the 50th anniversary episode to come along, hoping that it was going to be brilliant. And it was, which I was so glad about because if it had been poor it would have been the biggest  disappointment in television history – well for me it would have been.

The best things about the episode? Well, everything really, but to highlight a few things:

Seeing David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor again.

The chemistry between David Tennant and Matt Smith. The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors made a great double act, so much so that some of us on Twitter think they should make a spin-off series with them.

John Hurt’s War Doctor – a bit of a surprise really. Before the programme, I’d had him down as a very dark – even evil – incarnation from that little snippet at the end of the last full Doctor Who episode. I was actually glad that his dark side wasn’t that dark in the end, as well as the fact there was a bit of sassiness in him (keep reading for example).

Eleven: “Geronimo!”

Ten: “Allons-y!”

War Doctor: “Oh for God’s sake!”

That little glimpse of Peter Capaldi. Or rather that of his eyes.

The various little nods to the past – UNIT scientist Osgood’s very familiar looking scarf being one prominent example.

THAT cameo towards the end of the episode.

And pretty much everything else in it.

One last mention must go to Steven Moffat. Moffat has had a lot of stick in the past and yes some of the episodes made under his reign so far haven’t always hit the mark, but he really did pull it out of the bag and made an episode that was a real celebration of the show.

I’m going to shut up now as I have actually gone into Day 24 writing this. Meh, it was hard writing this without giving loads of it away.  If you haven’t watched it already, go and do it.

 

 

 

 

 

30 Blogs of November: Day 21 – Quizzed.

Have you ever, in a moment of boredom done those online quizzes? You know the ones that determine what kind of personality you have, which character from Sesame Street you’re most like or how much of a hipster you are?

I find myself doing them now and again, usually when somebody on twitter has posted a link to it revealing what they got. I do them mainly for a laugh – the personality tests in particular. Sometimes I read the outcomes and think they’ve got it completely wrong. That Sesame Street quiz for example, said that I was mostly like Elmo. I love Elmo, but I think I am more like Grover myself. Occasionally, they reveal the odd thing that I agree with. Rarely, they get it completely right. But mostly, I read the result and then do it again giving different answers….which more often than not brings up the same score.

Still, it’s a fun way to waste two minutes.  Just don’t be too pissed off if it tells you you’re 95% hipster.

30 Blogs of November: Day 16 – Awkward moment.

So I did write something tonight. But I posted it on my Tumblr instead. DOH!

Basically, the post I made was referring to the fuss over Lily Allen’s new video (which I posted on here the other day) and the opinions of a certain section who are critical over it. They are entitled to their opinions, of course, however I do feel that they have misunderstood it somewhat. Not going to go into it any further because I’m too tired to go into full rant mode and my brain hurts. I will however, direct you to this brilliant post by Jameela Jamil on the whole thing.

On another note, just had this random thought: If NaNoWrimo participants are referred to as Wrimos, does that make us NaBloPoMo participants Pomos?

30 Blogs of November: Day 8 – The John Lewis Christmas Advert

 

The John Lewis Christmas advert has become as much a part of the run  up to the 25th of December as the Coca Cola  “Holidays are coming” advert and the latter stages of the X Factor. Such an event it has become that teasers for this year’s ad, showing a bear fast asleep,  have been popping up in virtually every break on ITV,  complete with  the now obligatory twitter hashtag (this one being #sleepingbear, of course).

The advert gets its TV premiere tomorrow night on ITV, during one of the X Factor ad breaks.  It’s said that the whole of that particular ad break (around 8:10pm) will be taken up by it – yes people, it’s that big a TV event.  But if you can’t wait for it, or just don’t want to watch XF to catch it, John Lewis has already put the full advert up online. And it is pretty special.  The company have clearly pulled out all the stops for this, hiring animators who have worked for Disney to create the tale of The Bear and The Hare. The style of the animation reminds me a lot of Watership Down and The Animals of Farthing Wood, which is a very good thing. To top it all off, it is soundtracked by a version of Keane’s classic anthem Somewhere Only We Know performed by Lily Allen which, I have to admit, I am not entirely sure about. I guess it is because I know and love the original so much, but fair play to her for giving it a bash anyway.

Most of all, the advert captures the spirit of Christmas perfectly. The cynics and Scrooges of social media will no doubt maul it and take the mick out of it (and some already have), but you know what? Screw them.  This is one of the loveliest things I have seen for some time and if your heart isn’t the slightest bit warmed by it, then you probably don’t have one.

Yes I am a softie and I am not  ashamed.