IF only we could get rid of corrupt South Florida pols by tossing 'em off a plane -just thinking out loud per this new season premiere trailer for 2011's Körslaget.
Or, how a snippet of a Swedish TV trailer reminded me that for about two years, I have wanted to say something here on the blog about American TV music shows and why I find them so unappealing compared to other countries', so here's my chance to say a thing or two.
Körslaget, the popular Swedish TV singing competition show on TV4 features choruses led by a well-known singer battling one another, and has its 2011 premiere on Saturday night the 19th. It has a great homepage on TV4's website, with new videos, photos, and old trailers from past seasons.
And just a reminder, it's considered a Premium to see the entire show repeated at TV4 Play.
http://www.tv4.se/korslaget but you can see clips of the songs performed for free.
Here's the Körslaget trailer from two years ago:
Here's an article from two weeks about the 500 people who lined-up for hours in Umeå to be part of one team that would be led by hometown girl and popular singer Lisa Miskovsky, whom I've previously mentioned here. Of the 500 who showed-up, 20 were selected for further consideration.
Lisa Miskovsky -Still Alive (Theme from Mirror's Edge)
I believe this sort of show would do extremely well in the U.S. if you made sure that none of the well-known singers competing were under the age of 40, so you could directly eliminate the Teen and Tween media frenzy factor that drives so many American music shows, and which cause me to ignore them, except for Glee.
The thing that's so noticeable to me as someone who watches a lot of music shows from other countries is not only the sheer talent and resolve of participants to be professional in handling the ups and downs, but the fact that the shows do NOT go out of their way to feature obviously bad singers, drama queens or oddballs to fill out the programming the way that American Idol's producers do to fill out the dozens of hours it occupies on the Fox-TV schedule.
Instead, it's largely just singing.
That more than anything else is why I NEVER watch amerikanska Idol -I don't want to watch someone on TV just because the show's producers think he or she is attractive, interesting or amusing.
I want to hear good singing -first and foremost.
That's why I watch the Swedish version of Idol, http://www.tv4.se/idol of whom the 2009 season's Calle Kristiansson is the best example of someone whose self-evident talent is apparent to everyone who hears him, which is why I've posted his Walking in Memphis video here a few times.
That no-nonsense attitude of mine for music shows makes me a member of the minority hereabouts.
Plus, I want to hear rockers, not trilling divas, and see talent rewarded, not attitude.
Calle Kristiansson - Walking in Memphis, Sweden Idol 2009, Malmö auditions.
The music part starts at 01:18 of the video and the judges are so wowed by Calle that he doesn't even need to finish the song.
As to the genius idea behind Körslaget, IF you could put together a first-class competition featuring choruses fronted by some well-known power pop singers from the '80's and '90's, like Simon LeBon for instance, it would be EXCELLENT and people would tune-in!
Below, the complete acoustic version of Calle Kristiansson singing Walking in Memphis
Idol Calle - Walking in Memphis - XL Live Expressen
Lisa Miskovsky & Jill Johnson - Just The Way You Are, På QX Gaygalan 2011, TV4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny6j7eyYrhQ
Lisa's official website: http://www.lisamiskovsky.com/