So I am okay with the YG Team
judges and Verbal Jint. They all have years of experience in both underground
and mainstream hip-hop and as well as experience in producing. Tablo and
Jinusean have helped in the training of the young idols at YG. Verbal Jint is a
first-generation rapper and I though he did well as a producer on UR. Jay Park,
I’m a little more curious about, but he has run his own independent label for a
few years now, so he has experience in spotting and signing talent. It would be
great to see his co-CEO with him (Simon D).
I’m not happy to see San E
again. I honestly don’t feel he’s a strong judge/producer and is more so there
for the entertainment factor. I don’t really find him that entertaining,
however, he does attract a mainstream audience. I’m not sure what the dynamic
will be like with Verbal Jint as his partner. He is more senior to and has more
respect than San E in Korean hip-hop, not to mention comes across as more
serious and less likely to put with any sort of cutting up. Maybe he’ll mellow
San E out? I don’t know. Anyway, SMTM is pretty much the Brand New Music show
now, so I shouldn’t be surprised to see him back. Just thought with all the
first and second generation rappers they have on the label now, they would use
them. Kebee would have been a great judge/producer.
And I really don’t get using
Zico as a producer. He’s just a kid, and I don’t find him to be particularly
earth-shattering as a rapper or producer. P-Type – one of the greatest rappers
in the history of Korean hip-hop – is a contestant and you got Zico to be a
judge/producer? I can’t even imagine how awkward that is going to be, especially
since when P-Type is Zico’s senior by about 13 years and started rapping in ‘97/98
when Zico was maybe in kindergarten. Was it really that hard to find people
with more experience and longer, solid careers in hip-hop to participate on the
show this season?
I wish they would only give
them to first/second generations rappers and producers. Heck, I wouldn’t have
even minded them having two Brand New teams (could you imagine Minos and Kebee
as a judge/producer team). Or a Bulhandang team? What about Amoeba Culture?
Dynamic Duo would have made good judges. Or 45RPM, Buga Kingz, Double K, Soul
I have no idea what this
season is going to be like…
BBC One today announces that Martin Kemp, Dannii Minogue and Amber Riley are to join Gary Barlow as judges on the brand new BBC One Saturday night entertainment show Let It Shine.
Over eight weeks of competition, Let It Shine will be putting talented individuals through their paces, to create a band who will join the cast of a brand new stage show featuring the music of Take That.
Let It Shine will have three stages of competition. The musical theatre star Amber Riley, who rose to fame as Mercedes Jones in Glee, joins the first stage of the competition to give her expert opinion to the budding stars.
Gary Barlow says: “Dannii, Martin and Amber all bring so much to this panel with the breadth of experience in music, acting, stage and TV. I can’t wait to get started - it’s going to be epic!”
Amber Riley says: “One of the unique things about Glee was the covers of popular songs. They became the soundtrack to people’s lives, as well as the characters on the show. I am so excited to see what the UK talent has to offer and share some of my experience on the stage to help them reach their full potential. I’m not just looking for the biggest voices or the biggest personalities, but those who have what it takes to make it on TV and on stage.”
Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning says: “Who better than Gary, Martin, Dannii and Amber with their wealth of experience as performers to be our judging panel on Let It Shine.”
BBC One today confirms its brand new Saturday night entertainment show Let It Shine (working title) in conjunction with Gary Barlow and presented by Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc.
Let It Shine (w/t) will be seeking out talent to create a band who will join the cast of a brand new stage show featuring the music of Take That, created in association with Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald.
Over eight weeks of competition, BBC One and Gary Barlow will be looking for talented individuals to form a new group that exudes the charisma, showmanship and stage presence that the hit group has become so famous for.
Gary will be joined by three mentors each week on Let It Shine (w/t) to find the very best talent the country has to offer. The winning group will perform the hits of the band in a nationwide musical stage show called The Band.
Gary Barlow says: “Back in 1989, we were just a group of normal guys from Manchester who came together to become . The secret to our success was that each of us brought something different to the group and that the five of us had real chemistry. Now with Let It Shine we’re looking for people from all walks of life to form another unique group who can recreate that magic. If you think you’ve got what it takes, we want to see it!” [x]