Samantha Mumba gushed about the Last Singer Standing as she slammed other reality singing competitions of years gone-by.
While other series, most notably The X Factor, have been met with backlash from previous contestants for how they were treated, it seems RTE’s newest talent show is going for a softer approach.
Contestants require tactics as well as singing talent as they battle it out against one another in a bid to make it to the grand final and win €25,000.
All those on the pop panel of Last Singer Standing — Girls Aloud’s Nadine Coyle, NSYNC’s Joey Fatone, and Samantha — are a breath of fresh air to the stereotypical singing show judge.
Gone are the cutthroat evaluations and instead critique is sandwiched between glowing praise.
Last Singer Standing shows that not every reality competition needs to have an element of drama but in fact if there is true talent there, people will enjoy it.
‘What makes it enjoyable is why it even appealed to me,’ she told Extra.ie when asked about the show’s success.
‘Personally I’m a bit allergic to singing reality shows where you get the record deal, there are mean judges, and it’s a big pressure cooker for what is a cr*p record deal at the end of it.
‘I think what makes the Last Singer Standing fun is that it’s not just about singing talent — it’s a game show.’
After each contestant sings the others can buzz in to challenge them, and even when they give their reasons why they want to jump in it’s sprinkled with sugar.
Samantha laughed as she said how nice the contestants were, that if they wanted to be strategic and vote out the best singer they could.
‘But everyone is so lovely, they vote for who they think is the best person,’ she continued.
‘I think that’s what it is that keeps people watching; it’s fun, it’s unpredictable, every show has been completely different.
‘It’s been a really crappy few years for everybody, especially in the music and entertainment industry because they haven’t been able to do anything.
‘So to get a cheque for €25,000 at the end of it is realistic and a big help.’
One of the contestants, drag queen Dame Stuffy, previously spoke to Extra.ie about her experience on the RTE show.
The performer couldn’t help but gush about her fellow contestants, saying not one is a bad singer.
‘Years ago there was always a novelty act that they put through that probably wasn’t the best singer but they had different kinds of attributes that the audience warmed to,’ she said.
‘Last Singer Standing is not that competition, everybody up there is a singer.’
The panto star, who literally had host Nicky Byrne fall at her feet, will be battling it out in the final show of Last Singer Standing, and she’s determined to show viewers who Dame Stuffy really is.
‘The final is going to be full of talent, it’s going to be great television, and everybody up there deserves to be there,’ she added.
Last Singer Standing airs Saturday nights on RTE One at 8.20pm with the final airing December 11.Internet Explorer Channel Network