It’s far too early to give a formal review of Young Talent Time.
Why? Because we haven’t really seen the show yet.
Last night was part-introduction, part reunion for YTT, delaying its competition element until next week.
That means we have no idea how judges Tina Arena and the distinctly-named ‘Chucky’ Klapow (even I wrote ‘Kaplow’ last week) interact, nor what kind of talent discoveries are in store -although a preview snippet did look promising.
But as an exercise in getting our attention, the re-booted YTT had everybody talking. Many of us grew up with the show and our curiosity got the better of us last night.
If Twitter is any indication, we all had an opinion.
These were the top-trending tweets while the show was on air:
Tomic vs Federer
Marketing job done there, then.
Both Young Talent Time and #ytt were also trending globally.
They were divided on the show, possibly swayed by nostalgia / lack thereof.
So while I am going to resist a formal review, here are a few brash reactions:
– Very talented kids. Lovin’ the diversity.
– The opening was too cheesy. Is this High School Musical?
– Audience may have been trucked in from It’s a Knockout…
– Tina Arena absolutely hit Chains out of the park. Expected nothin’ less.
– Rob Mills: Yes. Less autocue, more improvisation, please.
– Acoustic “Price Tag” number: Wow. Video clip: No thanks -there’s a disconnect you just don’t get with Live.
– Asher Keddie as a once-tiny YTT contestant? Told ya that, last week here.
– Why was the watermark acting like it’s on the blink?
– Johnny Young cloning Bert Newton. But I do like the passing of the metaphorical baton to Millsy Mills.
– For a nostalgic opening we got bugger all of the former YTT members. Darn.
– All My Lovin’. Audience swaying is now very hokey. Great to see it once but less is more.
– The show has a good heart. Deserves to find a family audience.