Monday, March 30, 2009

Top 5: Reasons BBCA's Any Dream Will Do is Better Than American Idol

Occasionally, I am really thankful I am single. How else could I spend a Sunday watching the new version of Sondheim's Company and a TV show about young British dudes and their quest to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical staging of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat without constant harassment and mocking? Blessing and a curse, friends. Blessing and a curse.

Anyway, all that to say, I am hooked on BBC America's Any Dream Will Do. It's exactly like that show from a few summers ago (You're the One that I Want) where producers scoured America to cast the leads in a new staging of Grease on Broadway, except replace "Grease" with "JatATD" and "fresh faced Americans" with "boy bandish Brits." It's also kinda like American Idol, but way better. Here's why:


1. The Men! - Sure most of them are probably gay, but I don't have to spend precious life moments not lusting after the images on my TV set. All dudes, all the time. Ahhh yeah...

2. The Lord! - Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber himself is very involved in the show so there is no shortage of jokes about his Lordship like, "You have the blessing of the Lord. You could be Joseph" or "The Lord couldn't stand any more terrible singing today so he left." Hilarious! (I swear they are kinda funny when uttered by Graham Norton aka the show's Seacrest.)

3. John Barrowman! - The show's dreamiest host, Barrowman is also the star of BBC's Torchwood. He takes this judging job so damn seriously, it's almost laughable, and yet refreshing when compared to the lack of professionalism on Idol these days. (Also, totally gay.)

4. The Accents! - On AI, you only get Simon Cowell. On ADWD, you get more Brits than you can handle. And did I mention they're all male? And some are quite attractive?

5. The Ending! - Having aired last year in the UK, if I ever get tired of watching, I can just google the final results and move on with my life. If only I could do that with American Idol this season.

I don't actually expect any of you to watch this show because a) everyone hates Musical Theater and 2) no one listens to me anyway, but it brings me joy and thus I wanted to share. Like I said, 2 episodes in and it's already better than AI.

16 comments:

Liz said...

I don't hate musical theatre, I just like mocking everything you hold dear. Because I'm a good friend

The Imaginary Reviewer said...

Of course it's better, it's British!

Garney said...

Having played Joseph in a high school production of the show... I'm still not very interested in watching this program.

danielle970 said...

I do hate musical theater, but I don't hate the BBC. In fact, just last night I went on some TV websites and came across 2 British shows that actually look pretty good! And Red, knowing your love for all things British, I'm sure you've heard of them: one is called "Skins" and the other is "Shameless." I haven't watched an episode of either yet, but the clips looks promising!

red said...

Ha! D, both of those shows are awesome. I only watched season 1 of Shameless because James McAvoy is only in that season, but still, good stuff. And Skins is terrific. I highly recommend.

words words words said...

Yes, you are lucky. Because "constant harassment and mocking" barely scratches the surface, I'm afraid.

I was wondering if this could possibly be the gayest show ever, and then I read that Graham Norton is the host. This is DEFINITELY the gayest show ever. The Odd Couple is a distant second. Coming in at third is Ass Reamers Of The Serengeti, Part XVII.

red said...

I told Liz this was the gayest post ever on this blog and she said, "There are few things gayer than Graham Norton (I used to watch his show in Ireland) but him hosting a musical casting show might just be the gayest thing ever." Good to know we are all in agreement.

Liz said...

Not that there's anything wrong with that

Falwless said...

So when does this air? I, uhh, have a friend, who, uh, might be interested or something.

red said...

Sunday nights. Tell your "friend."

words words words said...

Yeah, Falwless - tell your friend to blog more, too.

BeckEye said...

Maybe Madame Glambert should defect to this show? He's fabulous, cute, gay, theatrical, and the only one with any real talent on AI this year.

Anonymous said...

I love musicals. I love men. I love the britts.

where do i get this show?

Af

Mr London Street said...

Hmm... I'm surprised this is popular in the States. Lloyd Webber has since moved on to picking the UK's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest (far more of a festival of tat than ADWD) and it's a real turkey. I was in the studio audience at BBC Television Centre when the winner was announced but sadly from my seat I couldn't see the tiny Lord Lloyd Webber - or chuck rotten fruit at him.

Nice blog!

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

I guess our smacktalk train got derailed last night.

Is there still a 3rd place game? Because...man...wouldn't be fun? Talking smack over whose 3rd best in the forgotten tournament?

pistols at dawn said...

Wake me when you're through being lame, cuz I'm snoring.