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Show 3 Review: Two left standing in the first heat!

19th July 2008

Sense of SoundIn the first of three heats which will see 15 choirs reduced to six, the pressure to deliver was inevitably mounting. The show opened with a rousing rendition of Take That's 'Shine' sung by all five choirs. Each then performed two songs and anxiously awaited the judges' feedback - only the best two would progress to the next round.

Ysgol Glanaethwy were first up singing 'Adiemus' by Karl Jenkins, deemed by Russell to be "very impressive". Sharon said they had "all the elements" and were "confident and accomplished", while the choreography and vitality impressed Suzi. She was looking for more "light and shade" from the second performance, a Beatles medley, which she believed demonstrated a "wonderful blend" while still retaining "strong individuality".

The second choir to take to the stage was Sense of Sound. Russell didn't think that their first song 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' was their best performance, but felt that MD Perri was "an inspiration". Suzi said they were a "very classy choir" but felt the arrangement was a bit "banal", and wanted them to show a "proper choral dimension". Their second performance of 'Cry Me A River' was hailed the best song of the evening by the judges, and Sharon loved the "sweet harmonies" that gave her a "tingle"!

Next up were Alleycats, singing Girls Aloud's 'Love Machine'. Suzi was impressed with the 'a capella', their "naked voices", but felt the tuning was "unstable", though Russell commented on a return of the group's confidence. In the second song, a medley of 'Freedom', 'Faith' and 'Valerie', Russell had wanted them to concentrate on their tuning and felt that their performance was "outstanding".

Fourth on the block were Brighton Gay Men's Chorus singing 'I Am What I Am' from La Cage aux Folles, provoking a standing ovation from the audience. However, the judges warned against them relying solely on their significant entertainment value, with Suzi feeling that the "tuning needed to be better", and Sharon concerned they could appear to be a "one trick pony". Their second song 'He Aint Heavy, He's My Brother' left her remaining doubtful, remarking that the performance "didn't get the story across" and there were a few "tuning issues".

Last to sing was Dreemz. Their rendition of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' provoked admiration from the judges at the significant progress made by the group, the most inexperienced of the entrants. Suzi commented that they had delivered an "electric opening" and that the soloists had been "very courageous". She felt their second selection 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' was a good choice, "like a candle lighting", though she felt they needed to rehearse more.

The panel of judges was then called upon to make their tough decisions. Sense of Sound were chosen as the 'stand out performance' earning an immediate place in the 'knockouts', with their second song 'Cry Me A River' receiving high praise. However, the first choir to be eliminated in Heat 1 was the Brighton Gay Men's Chorus, to be joined by two more choirs in the results show later.

The results show saw a lap of honour performance by Sense of Sound singing 'Let It Be', with the three choirs still in limbo then performing one more time to stay in the competition. Dreemz sang 'You Are Not Alone', Ysgol Glanaethwy sang 'Lean On Me' and the Alleycats sang 'Don't Stop Me Now'.

In a tense ending, the judges chose Ysgol Glanaethwy to join Sense of Sound in the knockouts, with the Alleycats and Dreemz at the end of their journey in the competition.

You can watch the show again on BBC iPlayer, and you can find out more about the choirs in our Choir Section. You can also get a full track listing of all the songs performed in the show.

Next week the following five choirs will be performing in Heat 2:

Hereford Police Male Choir

The Common Room Choir

Only Men Aloud!


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