Looking like a diversity-aware take on the modern day nuclear family seated in slightly kinky-looking over-size swivel highchairs amid an enormous blacked-out cavern decorated with countless reflective surfaces and a complicated lighting rig, the judges on The Voice UK might well turn out to be the show's biggest asset, and certainly the most comfortable.
Big daddy Sir Tom 'seen it all' Jones, the immaculately presented Jessie J, the preposterously punctuated Will.i.am and the Irish guy from that band who had that hit the other year*, are working together nicely, but all seem to be quite matey in their rivalry right now.
Of course, that's all bound to change as we progress through the show's 11 week 'journey' as 'the competition' 'heats up'. If anything, they - that is, the mysterious tv-producing they - should exploit the hoped-for developing actual rivalry between them, especially if all the singing bits turn out to be a bit 'meh'.
|Danny O'Donoghue from The Script:|
'What do you mean you've never heard of me?!'
Or someone could set Will.i.am a clothing challenge for him to appear like he hasn't just come straight from his job as a ringmaster at Billy Smart's circus.
That would be tv-ooh's license fee justified right there.
Fortunately, the singing so far seems to be pretty entertaining, and in a good way too: so further gimmicks aren't required - and it's also encouraging that the format prevents any temptation to have bad singers in for comedy effect, as per the early weeks of The X Factor.
But the big question is how the show's unique selling point (or, if you will, gimmick) - that the contestants are picked solely on how they sing and not how they look - is going to last beyond the first few weeks, as the judges select their teams for the live shows.
The plan is for each judge - or 'coach' as the show is calling them - to have a team of four contestants each, which is then reduced down to two each.
But by this time you can probably assume all of the contestants will be groomed and styled to within an inch of their lives.
It might have been their voice that got them shortlisted, but it'll be whether they've got 'the whole package' that will determine how far they progress.
And to be fair, by this stage us voters at home will all be too hooked to care about the show's appearance-shunning origins, and will be making appearance-based judgements along with the judges - unless one of the less attractive contestants has a really good sob story or an unusually amazin' voice, that is.
Still, tv-ooh is all quite for The Voice so far - and Saturday evenings just got funner. Um, more fun.
*Okay a cheap shot, but Danny O'Donoghue you are actually very entertaining and much much better than original choice Will Young probably would've been in the job *bows humbly, backs away*.
- Please leave a comment below, and if you've liked this post please click the Facebook 'like' button below.