It appears I have missed out on some fine music reality television. Sadly the constraints on my time, left no time for "Clash of the Choirs". This morning a few emails and one alert brought to my attention exactly what I've missed. Patti LaBelle and Nick Lachey turned out to be the top two contenders out of a field including Kelly Rowland, Michael Bolton and Blake Shelton. Each singing star went back to their home town, held rehearsals and picked their choir members. This contest had the Team winnings devoted to particular charities, prize money $250,000.
One of my favorite audition videos: c/o CrazyLady747
Patti LaBelle and Team LaBelle take us to church:
"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" c/o jmaxcpr
a nod to Carrie Underwood:
"Jesus Take the Wheel" (Absolutely beautiful, one of the show's best.)
Team Lachey, Nick Lachey's team wound up with the Big Win. One of their offerings:
"Unwritten" Natasha Bedingfield. Video c/o phillymac2543
The show winning song:
"Flight of the Bumblebee" video c/o bentncrazy
Nick sings his single:
Watching the videos on youtube gave me a greater appreciation for all the players in this show, especially Nick Lachey. Mr Lachey, for me, had been simply this guy hooked up with Jessica Simpson, had sang in a boy band, and has his image continuously in the entertainment magazines. Nick Lachey, through this show comes across as one great guy. Handsome, charming and an obvious kind heart. I've become a fan.
After watching Nick Lachey's singing - and he can sing; he doesn't possess that vocal depth I hear in Taylor Hicks' voice. Why Mr. Hicks hasn't simply blown the roof off of the music industry yet evades me, but there are many facets incorporated that need to lock together for that level of success.
I hope NBC will do another "Clash of the Choirs", it seemed to be a well-managed show with a great premise, charity. NBC delivered a smooth appearing production, with taste and class. Writer strike on-going, this would make for a great 'series' within itself providing they find the stars willing to do the work. Should NBC decide to do this again, a smart move on the part of Taylor Hicks' management would be to sign him up.