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Platnium Hit: Risk Takers

….did anyone get any warning that Platinum Hit was moving date and time? Thank heavens for the DVR. Here I thought maybe we didn’t have one last week because of the holiday and we’d be back on Monday, but no, there is was yesterday on my DVR, randomly waiting for me, having run at 8pm last Friday.

Shoved off to Friday nights with no fanfare, huh? Yeah, that’s the sign of a winning show. I considered not bothering with the recap, but we have what, four more weeks? I can see it through. Continue reading

Platinum Hit: Love In The Time of Television

Oh, such a frustrating show.

This week’s theme was “Lurrrrve Songs.” The guest judge was Mr Wall of Sound Schlock himself, Ryan Tedder. The hooks presented in the opening challenge were good–really good. The songs that came out of them were also pretty good, with a couple of them sounding close to radio ready.

Then there was, once again, the episode itself.

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Platinum Hit: Road Trip

The show is both improving and not improving. It’s improving in that, this week, there were no dud songs. It’s not improving in that the contestants are all acting incredibly contrived, and the whole showmance thing is unnecessary camera filler for what must have been a painfully boring series to film.

This week the theme was road songs.  The result were three folky pop hook winners, resulting in three folky pop songs. I’m sure for people who never had a folky phase, this week songs were probably excruciating and sounded like Lillith Fair wannabes. Let’s hope they liked fauxdrama and showmance!

For the record, I find the showmance painful. I don’t really care about Johnny and Jes and their googoo eyes and butterflies for the camera. I tune into this show to watch creative people create. Instead I find idiots like Nick attempting to play The Group Douchebag and everyone playing along. I’d rather he be an honest douchebag than a faux douchebag. But it’s obvious during the eliminations that the group likes him just fine, and he’s actually a very sweet guy, and the “I’m Not Here to Make Friends” is all an act.

The part I did enjoy this week were the songs. As much as I hate his showmance, I loved Team Johnny’s composition. This is the first week the person who won the hook challenge also took the song of the week. Their song “Going Where I Need To Be” was both commercial, and deep, with lines like “Let those tire tracks talk dirt behind my back” to make listeners feel like the song really MEANS something man.

It was a toss-up between the other teams. I actually thought that Team Jackie’s “The Road Is Where My Heart Is” was better than Team Jes’ “Home For Me.” But that was because I really like Jackie’s voice better than I like Jes’. I also liked the harmony and the Nick assisted guitar riff better than I liked the backup or tinkling piano of Jes. But the judge’s mileage varied, I think mostly because they’re working on cutting down the chaff, and Jackie’s team had the obvious next candidate to go: Innocent Trite Country Karen, she of the dreadful dance song last week. Jackie did our now-traditional bus toss, by saying that 99% of the lyrics Karen came up with were worthless. Karen was then sent home to cry and contemplate writing things that are a little more deep and a little less stock.

I’m still bummed we don’t get judging deliberations. Is Kara so determined to be edited at every turn? I’m also dreading next week, in which we get to watch a bunch of privileged white people write rap songs….

 

Platinum Hit: Dance Floor Royalty

Platinum Hit apparently isn’t much of one. I’m not sure if this is just Bravo’s diminishing returns or if the show genuinely isn’t that popular of a concept. I don’t find it any better or worse than last year’s Work of Art, but then again, that never came back for a second season either.

Tonight’s challenge was to write a dance pop hit. The track was provided beforehand, which felt a little like cheating, but probably emulated the reality most songwriters face in this genre.We ended up with three teams, two of four people and one of three. Donna Summer guest judged, and the three tracks produced were premiered at a “club” which looked like it was really a sound stage set up to be a club, and the dancers were actors and actresses hired to shake it down, sort of like a low rent Soul Train. Continue reading

Platinum Hit

There once was a time, during Project Runway’s heydey and the first years of Top Chef when Bravo’s reality shows were the sterling examples of the genre. The one-two punch of the rise of The Real Housewives of [Insert City Here] and ProjRun moving to Lifetime has tarnished that reputation. But the idea these shows were founded on–get talented people, show them doing their craft, and doing it well–still lives on at the network. Last year’s Work of Art may have been the closest to the format failing, but that was because it was full of pretentious artists, and that comes with the territory.

This year, Bravo finally found an idea and someone willing to take on the Idol-music based reality show. This being the “talent crafting” angle, it is a show nearly opposite of Idol–a show about songwriters writing, not singers singing. It is in fact, explicitly stated that singing does not count toward the score of the performed piece. Instead we get groups of songwriter hopefuls trying to work together in tiny little studios, with Jewel in the role of Tim Gunn, and former Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi as Michael Kors. Continue reading