Frank Sinatra Our Way



Alexander Armstrong and Rochelle Humes


Judges: Dave Stewart, Leo Green, Mica Paris, Rufus Hound


Whizz Kid Entertainment for BBC1, 3 January 2015


Seven unknown acts performed songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, and did them in their own style. The prize was a place in a tribute concert, to go out in December 2015.

Frank Sinatra Our Way Contestant Ellie Coast.

Sinatra was a jazz stylist, he would take a song, play about with it, and do something to make it his very own. Many of the contestants did exactly that. Max and Jason Bowker, a father-and-son duo, performed "Me and my shadow". Sinatra had duetted with Sammy Davis Jr, the Bowkers had BBC choreography to help bring out his story. Ellie Coast put forward a stripped-down version of "I've got you under my skin", and barber shop quartet Proper Sound made "Come fly with me" sound fresh.

The viewing public seemed not to understand what they were seeing. The show borrowed many tropes from Britain's Got Talent - a panel giving constructive criticism, introductory video pieces, a conveyor belt of contestants doing their piece, the prize. But there was no telephone voting - the winner was determined by a jury of experts, judging only vocal ability and performance.

Frank Sinatra Our Way Alexander Armstrong also performed the interval act.

The publicity hadn't made it clear that this was a freestyle programme, taking familiar songs and putting a fresh spin on them. There are many karaoke shows (The X Factor had just finished a series, The Voice UK returned a week later), this was not one of them.


Frank Sinatra Our Way The winner, George Gallagher.

Theme music

Plus 4 Audio played live in the studio.


The winner was decided by a jury of 11 people: Bill Watson, Clara Amofo, Craig McLean, Georgia Jackson, John Altman, Lewis Carnie, Louise Mochan, Nihal Arthanayake, Paula Gardiner, Tony Fisher, Yvie Burnett.

Graphics were by Jump Design, and choreography by Richard Marcel.

Web links

BBC programme page

Other reviews: "Better than we had any right to expect", enthused the Daily Telegraph. Digital Spy didn't bother with a review, they just collected negative tweets.


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