Over the years there have been several television shows about music in England. If anything, these types of shows have become more popular over the years, especially since today many of these include audience participation with the public voting for their favorite singer. Although not limited to music, the popular show Britain’s Got Talent has led to the discovery of incredible singers, such as Susan Boyle. After this show, she became a worldwide success.
The Voice UK
Patterned after the American show the Voice, the Voice UK is a singing competition which began in 2012 in the UK. The show is divided into stages that include blind auditions, battles among contestants, knockout rounds and live singing. The singer who wins receives a substantial sum of money and a record deal, which in the UK is with Republic Records. The Voice involves four judges who are also voice coaches, they select individuals to form teams that can do battle with other singers from other teams. The audience, public and coaches all have a say on which singers reach the final stages of the competition. The Voice television show was originally based on the Voice Holland.
Another very popular singing competition that is made for television is the X factor which, unlike the Voice, was originally developed in the UK and then aired in America and other countries later. The X Factor was developed by Simon Cowell and started in 2004 in the UK. The X Factor ran for 13 series in the UK. Winners of the X Factor do receive money as a prize and, even more importantly for them, a recording contract with Syco Music. Contestants on the X Factor have had many chart-topping songs. One of the most famous winners of the X Factor was the boy band One Direction.
The X Factor allows individuals and groups to compete, and there is no upper age limit for contestants. The X Factor includes various stages, including the Producer’s stage which is when people initially audition. It is only later, after being selected during this stage, that contestants audition before the judges. Later stages include various knockout rounds and challenges and eventually live finals for those who make it to the top.
Pop Idol was a music television show that aired in the UK, prior to the development and launch of the X Factor. It was developed by Simon Fuller and the idea was to try to find the new best pop music singer. Like the X Factor, it relied on voter participation. Pop Idol was broadcast from 2001 to 2003.
All Together Now
A new singing show that has been developed for BBC One television in the UK is All Together Now. This is a singing competition in which each singer is judged by 100 judges who are all performers and music experts that are from all over the UK. They have heats in which singers compete to outperform each other in order to advance to the next level. They have tie breaker rounds and then the winners proceed to the finals round. The winner receives a cash prize of £50,000.