Bravo’s much-hyped songwriting competition Platinum Hit premiered last night, and while I didn’t have any inherent interest in it, I was stuck on my couch and unwilling to reach for my remote; so I watched it. My feelings were largely positive — positive enough to set up a season pass. Like the best “creative professional” shows, Platinum Hit has that great blend of process and judgment. We get to see the songs come together and then have them judged in the end. Even better: we can weigh in with our own opinions (unlike, say, Top Chef where we just have to rely on what looks good as our only metric).
And so I ask you this, my dear readers: yea or nay?
Pros: it’s fun to watch the songs come together, and it’s even more fun to see them come to life in the performance space; Kara DioGuardi is a monster; Jewel is surprisingly ball-busting; accessible to viewer judgment.
Cons: no glimpse into the deliberations — unlike Runway, Top Chef, ANTM, Food Network Star, or any GOOD show, Platinum Hit doesn’t let us see the judges deliberate back and forth about who to send home; also, when the judges critique the singers, it’s hard to remember the tune and its flaws (as opposed to Project Runway, for instance, where we can continue to stare at the outfit under scrutiny).
What do you think?