Review: This one snuck up on me. Maybe it was the fact that last week’s ice storm left me without television reception, but I knew nothing about NBC’s Clash of the Choirs when I accidentally came across it last Monday night. Though generally not a fan of reality shows (with the exception of America’s Next Top Model, which I have committed to never watching again after they eliminated Heather and chose Saleisha as the winner in an obvious case of cheating), I am a huge sucker for a really good choir. To me, a great choir transcends almost any other musical experience. No other musical genre gives me the sense that I’m flying, that feeling of pure joy mingled with goodness. Sounds corny? Think again!
Monday night’s show profiled the leaders going into their hometowns, having auditions ala American Idol, and putting together a choir. Each choir then sang live for telephone votes, with the choir with the least votes being eliminated on Tuesday’s show. To me, the two standout choirs were Patti LaBelle’s and to my surprise, Blake Shelton’s.