I'm not usually (read: never) one to fall in with these reality talent contests, but The Voice UK has totally got me captivated. It's so, so refreshing to see a talent show that celebrates excellence and where people are nice to each other. The 'coaches' are a hilarious bunch of colourful characters and it's really nice to see contestants on the show who have real, raw and unmeasurable talent. There's a diverse mix of contestants who have made it through to the live shows and it's shaping up to be a pretty interesting show. I don't know where they find these people but man can they sing. Personally, my favourites are country duo Matt and Sueleen (they're interesting, and not the usual talent show fodder) angst-ridden teenager Becky, and bleached-hair-and-guyliner soul diva Vince.
All that said, there is one thing that is missing from the show, and that's the styling. Just because these guys have talent, doesn't mean they've got style. Maybe it's just me being shallow but I do enjoy a good feast upon the eyes, but the good old beeb seems to think that these people can be left to dress themselves, and so we are left with a questionable variety of outfits. Some of the world's greatest performers have said themselves that to put on a good show, the styling is a huge part of that. Look at Gaga, Perry, Jessie J (ironically) and even Nicki Minaj if that's your thing, they all give it their all stylistically as well as musically, and that's what makes the whole package.
These guys were among the worst offenders, with Indie/Pixie sporting some sort of mullet dress, and Becky is just a disaster in actual American tan tights. Such a shame.
The guys on The Voice have done the hard part; they've got the talent, so it would be nice if the BBC matched their efforts and gave them all a quick consultation with a stylist or an up-to-date issue of Vogue. I'm not saying they should kick this whole thing X Factor style and give them all scantily clad backing dancers and a spray tan because this show is actually about talent, but it just seems that they are let down a little by looking like they're going on a night out in Cardiff.
I quite liked what Kate was wearing, she pulled off hipster chic quite well, but poor Frances really needs to up her game now that she's in the live shows.
And Ruth clearly has no clue and could've looked so much better if she'd gone for a chicly put together ensemble instead of this '90s teen/Primark disaster.
To conclude, this is an amazing show with people with real talent and charismatic judges, they just need to polish the whole thing up with some proper styling, and if anyone from the BBC is reading this, I will gladly offer my services...