An Audience With Neil Diamond, ITV1

Did we like it?
As we feared, the Music God didn’t come across well in an ITV format, but at least we got some great performances.

What was good about it?
• Every time Neil stopped talking and started singing. His performances were amazing; the voice still has great power and his new material was every bit as good as his classic hits.
• The audience wasn’t entirely packed with the usual low-rent celebs you normally get on these shows. Judi Dench was even there.
• We’re so pleased that Amazing Grace has given Neil his first number one hit in the UK and USA. Only about 30 years overdue.
• Iain Lee getting cuddly with his girlfriend during Sweet Caroline.

What was bad about it?
• Neil is not a comedian. Not even close. So the show had some cringeworthy moments when he “cracked” jokes and got an over-the-top patronising response from the audience (especially Ben Miller).
• The questions were all dreadful, reaching a low point when Neil and Tim Rice indulged in some verbal mutual masturbation and that greasy judge from Strictly Got Dancing poked his nose in.
• “It was like holding a feather and moving to the music of the Gods” – Neil’s pseud’s corner entry with his description of dancing with Princess Diana. “She was a real human being” apparently.
• Germaine Greer’s extravagant clapping style.

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An Audience With Neil Diamond, ITV1

Did we like it?
As we feared, the Music God didn’t come across well in an ITV format, but at least we got some great performances.

What was good about it?
• Every time Neil stopped talking and started singing. His performances were amazing; the voice still has great power and his new material was every bit as good as his classic hits.
• The audience wasn’t entirely packed with the usual low-rent celebs you normally get on these shows. Judi Dench was even there.
• We’re so pleased that Amazing Grace has given Neil his first number one hit in the UK and USA. Only about 30 years overdue.
• Iain Lee getting cuddly with his girlfriend during Sweet Caroline.

What was bad about it?
• Neil is not a comedian. Not even close. So the show had some cringeworthy moments when he “cracked” jokes and got an over-the-top patronising response from the audience (especially Ben Miller).
• The questions were all dreadful, reaching a low point when Neil and Tim Rice indulged in some verbal mutual masturbation and that greasy judge from Strictly Got Dancing poked his nose in.
• “It was like holding a feather and moving to the music of the Gods” – Neil’s pseud’s corner entry with his description of dancing with Princess Diana. “She was a real human being” apparently.
• Germaine Greer’s extravagant clapping style.

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