Show Discussion: Game of Talents

By | April 9, 2021

Saturday, 7:30,
ITV

It’s Fremantle vs Fremantle talent smackdown on Saturday night as ITV takes on I Can See Your Voice with Game of Talents. Is that meant to be a zeitgeisty take on Game of Thrones? Nobody seems sure.

Anyway this is getting very excited about being a gameshow and a talent show which somebody clearly thought was a COMPLETELY MENTAL idea, and has already described itself as a “show like no other” so that’s already two, maybe three blots on its copy book. On the plus side, it’s been a hit in Spain and it marks Vernon Kay’s return to primetime – it’s been six years since All-Star Family Fortunes finished, incredibly.

Two civilian/celebrity teams try and work out the (eight given) talents of people just by looking at them and some additional clues – it’s Identity basically. The value of each guess is determined by mystery cash balls ranging from £500 to £10,000, with £20k and £50k balls being added as the game progresses. The team with the most money get the chance to win it by guessing which one of four people the final talent applies to.

This seems designed to be extremely Youtube friendly, and will probably live or die on the did-you-see-THAT?-ability of the acts on show and how they can sustain that throughout. Let us know what you think in the comments.

10 thoughts on “Show Discussion: Game of Talents

  1. Philip

    The 7 Celebrity pairs for this series, for those who would like to know:
    Tess Daly and Craig Revel Horwood, Clara Amfo and Nick Grimshaw, Katherine Ryan and Jonathan Ross, Emma Willis and Stephen Mulhern, Giovanna Fletcher and Jordan North, Oti Mabuse and Joel Dommett and Michelle Visage and Mel B.

    Reply
  2. Andrew Hain

    Since this version has some key differences from our version here in America, what is the complete format rundown?

    Reply
  3. Cliff

    Three words: Hall of Shame

    It’s like a guessing game for thickos. The clues are far from cryptic. I gave up halfway through and fast forwarded through the rest to see if there was any format development, but other than the Tell the Truth final round, nope.

    There’s maybe 10 minutes of entertainment, and the rest is all admin.

    Reply
  4. Chris B

    I sort of didn’t mind it, but it’s very flawed and I think been properly rushed to air (the canned studio sounds especially could have… Used some work.)

    The clues are embarrassingly easy most of the time, and they really do rattle through the rounds – which on most shows is good but robs the acts of any meaningful impact if that’s what they were going for.

    Vernon’s good and a fun idea to have Tess on the first one, but I get the feeling it’s the sort of show that if you’ve seen one episode, you’ve seen them all. I’d watch it again but wouldn’t go out of my way to do so. Feels more like a “lead in to something bigger” show than Saturday Night Headliner.

    Reply
  5. Cliff

    I disagree. A show like this needs a comedian to host it, and getting Vernon Kaye’s wife on looked like an emergency booking to replace a last-minute cancellation.

    Reply
    1. Chris B

      Come on Cliff , get off the fence and tell us what you really think… 🙂

      Given the pairs of celebs in each seem to have been given some consideration and have some connection having worked together, I’d be surprised if Tess was a last minute booking. A favour called in, no doubt, she barely appears on anything except Strictly.

      As I said before, I thought the banter between Tess and Vernon was fun enough (don’t get me wrong, it was hardly wit for the ages), but there wasn’t really anything fun about Craig vs Tess. Maybe Craig vs Anton or Bruno but whatever. To be honest I’m never a fan of celebs helping the public on these shows as it never helps the format

      Reply
  6. Henry R

    didn’t mind the celebs, I thought they were good fun. Judging by the lineup it seems they’ve all been themed.

    The format needed work though. As others have said, the clues are just far too easy so there is barely any tension in the reveal. The acts were pretty fun but not seen enough of really.

    Prefered I Can See Your Voice overall though as it felt more lively and fun.

    Reply
  7. Brig Bother Post author

    This is not going to have the sort of viral clip thing it really needs to succeed, my usual reaction to each act was quite a violent *shrug*, and there’s only so many times “they don’t *look* like a rock guitarist… AND YET THEY ARE!!!” is going to fly.

    Nobody is ever going to pass so why give it as an option? There are only a couple of opportunities to actually play the game, nobody is going to give them up.

    The cryptic clues were far too easy. Surely, SURELY they didn’t use The Bloodhound Gang’s Bad Touch as a clue for the 12-year-old dog handler because of the “do it doggy style” line?

    The sound mixing is well off – it made it sound like a parody of a gameshow.

    The game doesn’t really matter because the entire thing is won if you pick the £50k ball on the final pick anyway.

    I thought some of the fakeouts were quite fun, and was mildly amused by the WHERE! ARE! YOU! MARK!ness of SHOW! US! YOUR! TALENT! but ultimately I found it very difficult to give a damn about anything that transpired, really. It’s a thing that exists that nobody is going to go out of their way to tune in for.

    Reply
  8. Simon F

    I watched both shows and both had the “I’d watch it if there was nothing else on” vibe but neither would be must -see TV for me either.

    Reply
  9. Steffon Johnson

    Does anyone know what the ratings were for game of talents and I can see your voice and alan carrs epic gameshow

    Reply

Leave a Reply to Simon F Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.