One of the more bizarre decisions that we’ve seen from British television is the one to throw “Let It Shine” up against “The Voice UK” on the same night, hoping that the two shows could somehow find a way to coexist against each other. They’re proving that they can, but we do easily see that each one would be performing slightly better if there wasn’t any carryover between the two. As it stands, there’s about 25 minutes where they are in direct competition with one another.
After it emerged victorious last week, “Let It Shine” this time came in second place, losing a million viewers from the launch and finishing with 5.3 million total. Meanwhile, “The Voice UK” also lost viewers, but still finished with 5.5 million, enough to take away the title.
To us, this is largely a shame based solely on the fact that “Let It Shine” is a far superior show both in terms of judging and personality — there’s some considerable talent on both shows, but you’re getting a slightly-fresher take here. Also, remember that “The Voice UK” has a track record now for more than half a decade of not really producing any successful stars at the end of the day. The record companies have been largely absent in their support, so why get invested in a journey when it doesn’t have a worthy end? It’s possible that “Let It Shine” could end up producing a similar result, but the jury is still out there and with that, you at the very least have some sort of element of surprise.
“Let It Shine” is coming off of some awkward press, given that yesterday BBC Radio 2 retweeted on accident a message that referred to the singing show as “Let It S–t,” something that higher-ups could not be happy with, even if the message was favorable to Radio 2’s programming.
What did you watch last night, and do you think that “Let It Shine” will emerge as the victor in the end based on quality? Let us know in the comments, and head over here in the event you want to read our review of last night’s episode in full.