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Night Fever (1997)
One of the Great Unappreciated Shows
This was a great British show that never got the respect that it deserved. Yes it was cheesy and corny but that is what may it great.
It was a celebrity karaoke contest that blended the celebrity caliber of Hollywood Squares, a scoring system similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway, the musical guests that ranged from the bad (Black Lace), to the oldies (the Supremes, the Troggs), to the current Europop (Steps, A1), all of which was host by ex-Madness front-man Suggs, and a guy dressed up in a monkey costume.
The show featured a team of 5 men and 5 women made up of various British soap opera stars and B/C list celebrities. There were various rounds that included a male solo, a female solo, a duet, both teams singing the same song together, and both teams singing a different song. The rounds were judged by various celebrity judges or by the musical guests that they had on the show. At the end of the show there was a round in which teams had to try to remember the song titles of various lyrics in order to pick up a few extra points before the winning team was determined.
What made the show great was it never took itself to seriously. The people on the show were there to have fun and hopefully sing well. It was cheesy, but it embraced its cheesiness: it wasn't about winning prizes, having great vocalists, or being sophisticated television. The only problem with the show is that the producers were constantly making tweaks and changes to the format so that it never could keep a good rhythm going.