• “Please be bad! Please be bad!”

There’s nothing boring about the new BBC show which combines talent show with game show – “I Can See Your Voice”. It is Lori’s and my latest guilt pleasure (so much show that Lori has blogged about it as well – “I Can See Your Voice”, well naturally, since her blog is on the voice).

What makes the show distinctive is its embrace of failure. In most talent and reality shows, plenty of failure is on display, but it tends to be cringe-worthy car-crash TV. On ICSYV, the failure is part of the triumph. People cheer as loudly for the failures as they do for the “good singers”. The failures aren’t deluded laughing stocks, but instead are in on the joke. In fact, the best failure of them all stands to win £10,000. Now that’s a failure I could embrace.