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Sing On! Review 2020 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Star: Tituss Burgess
Opening Shot: Host Ricky Merino walks into the studio, singing “I’ve Got A Feeling” from the Black Eyed Peas.
The Gist: Sing On! Spain (Original title: ¡A cantar! ) is the second edition of the karaoke game show that Netflix has produced; the first one coming from, surprisingly enough, Germany. Merino, a high-energy and self-effacing pop singer in Spain, introduces the format and contestants.
The format is pretty straightforward: Six contestants try to sing a song as accurately as possible; the percentage of notes that they got right is calculated by “our voice analysis system,” which compares the notes to the original recording. The percentage of notes the contestants got right determines how much of the available money for that round (€5,000 or €10,000) gets put in the bank that gets awarded to the winner of the episode.
At the end of the song, the singer with the highest percentage of made notes moves on and can’t be voted off. Then the remaining contestants lock in their votes to see who should leave the stage. The contestant with the highest vote total leaves the stage, but is invited to hang out and party on the second level.
In the final two rounds, who’s eliminated is determined purely on the score the voice analysis system gives them. During the final round, the contestant who did the best job during the previous round gets to pick one of two songs for both of them to sing. Also included are a €500 bonus that Merino gives to a contestant he thinks knocks their performance out of the park, and in one round, if each contestant can hit and hold their designated “golden note,” they each get a €1000 bonus.
Our Take: Sing On! Spain isn’t designed to find the next great pop star. It’s pure karaoke — large screens over the audience scrolls the words for the contestants to see — and pure game show. And Merino is so high energy that he immediately gets the crowd in party mode. The theme for the episode was a beach party, but the songs chosen were just everyday party songs, from “Firework” to a Spanish version of “I Love It” to the classic “Mi Gran Noche.”
The vibe continues with the method the contestants use to sing each song. They take turns singing song segments, and their names come up at random, so they need to be ready. Combine that with the parts they all sing, and it looks more like a fun performance than awkward karaoke. The contestants are into it and they seem to be happy to party even if they don’t win.
A couple of flaws distract from the viewing experience: one is the meter at the bottom that shows if the contestant singing has hit their notes or not. We tended to look at that and the percentages above them and not the performance. Also, it feels like the analysis system favored male voices, not matter whether the original song is sung by a man or woman.
It also feels like the person who put in the most solid performance by ear often didn’t do well with the analysis system, which was reflected when Merino gave his bonus to a contestant that didn’t even come close to winning the round. The voting is a little wobbly, too, as some contestants vote out the weakest singer to help grow the pot of money as much as they can, and others vote for the strongest singer. Perhaps using the computer would be more boring, but the voting often didn’t make any sense. But they somehow got to the two best singers anyway, so what do we know?
Parting Shot: The winner gets the pot which maxes out at €30,000, but more realistically ends up at around €20,000. All the eliminated contestants come down to congratulate the winner, and… well, that’s it. It’s a game show, after all.
Sleeper Star: The house band really helps complete the party atmosphere, and gives the songs a lot more oomph than a recorded backing track would.
Most Pilot-y Line: Merino kept saying that he’s about to have a stroke or other kind of condition because the scores were so close. To be honest, the tension wasn’t that high, because the best singers usually advanced.
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