Yesterday we heard about a new singing competition coming to us from Queen Latifah. Now we are hearing about ANOTHER music themed competition which could be back on our televisions, but it isn’t completely new – it is a remake of the iconic music game show, Name That Tune. Have you ever seen episodes of the show which ran first from 1953 to 1959? In it’s original form it was a game show where contestants competed for prizes as they attempted to properly identify music performed by a live singer or orchestra. Well, American Idol and The X Factor production company FremantleMedia has secured worldwide rights to the show and they are talking about rebooting it for a modern audience. Is there an overdose of music reality shows or will this work?
Name That Tune has played on TV screens a few times throughout history and lots of people have tried to make it work again and again. It first appeared in the 50’s, then from 1974 to 1981 and then again in 1984 with host Jim Lange. VH1 attempted to revive it in 2001 with a video interpretation where contestants had to identify the song titles after screening the music video. The Family Channel tried airing syndicated episodes from 1993 to 1996 and MTV and CBS also attempted it, neither of which got off the ground.
I’m keen to see if this time the guys from American Idol and The X Factor can get it to work for a modern audience given that it’s been tried so any times before. I actually like the original concept and think it could be a fun drinking game with friends (with many, many vodka shots involved and lots of singing) but I’m not quite sure about it returning as a TV series. Hmm… would you watch Name That Tune?