Bring the Noise



Ricky Wilson


Team captains: Nicole Scherzinger and Tinie Tempah

Regular panellists: Katherine Ryan and Joel Dommett


Twenty Six 03 for Sky 1, 22 October 2015 to 15 January 2016 (8 episodes in 1 series + 2 specials)


Pop stars and comedians do entertaining things.

Bring the Noise tried to kick off the weekend a little early, something light and breezy for 9pm Thursday.

The show's remembered for the "Flip Reverse" challenge. The producers take a brief extract from a song, and play it backwards. The challenge is to sing back the nonsense they hear, phonetically.

Once they've sung it, their performance will again be reversed. In theory, this should be the original vocal line recreated. In practice, it can be something completely different. It's fun when people sing their own songs in reverse, or make a mess out of a familiar line. It's jawdropping when David Tennant does a perfect reverse rendition...

Bring the Noise is also remembered for its finale, one song in the style of many. Take a well-known song, and interpret it in many styles - jump from reggae to punk to country.

Joel Dommett stars in "Telephone".

There were also re-creations of pop videos, and the pop star guest was able to plug their own song.

Regular captains Nicole Scherzinger and Tinie Tempah, regular guests Joel Dommett and Katherine Ryan, and host Ricky Wilson ensure that most faces are familiar, and jokes can run from week to week. This was Ricky's first time presenting a show, and it was obvious he was learning as the series progressed.

The music selections were mostly from the last 30 years, primarily for the 1990s. There's a faintly nostalgic tinge, one show answered the question "What happened to Lou Bega of 'Mambo number 5'?"

The set is massive.

Yes, it's a panel show, Ricky declares a winner to each round and an overall victor. A panel show, but it doesn't look like one. While QI and its ilk have the two teams behind desks facing the audience, Bring the Noise was dominated by a massive stage. The panelists sat around the sides, a style much closer to The X Factor.

The show had glimpses of brilliance, plenty of promise, and was never quite more than the sum of its parts.

Web links

Clips from the show via Youtube.

British Comedy Guide entry

See also

Weaver's Week review


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