Hit Me Baby One More Time

NBC (ended 2005)


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Hit Me Baby One More Time

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Veteran hit makers perform the songs that made them famous, as well as a cover of a popular contemporary song in this new competition. At the end of the show the audience picks their favorite! "Hit Me Baby One More Time" is based on the popular UK show of the same name. Hosted by Vernon Kay.

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    • A chance to reminisce with ex music superstars provides the perfect summer concoction.

      Hit Me Baby One More Time takes us all on a time warp to visit stars of the past. A hit from the past, a little history of the performers, a catch-up interview, and a cover of a recent hit add up to a pleasant way to spend an hour.

      The show is not groundbreaking, or by any means spectacular, but packages music nostalgia in a likable format. Taking musical acts past their prime, generally at least a decade removed from their hit(s), the show gives them two chances to win over the audience for a $20,000 donation to a charity. The first half-hour sees all 5 acts get introduced via a montage of their past greatness, followed by them singing a hit song (sometimes their only hit) from their heyday. The second half sees each band in a short video updating what they're up to today. They then cover a recent hit song, to see if they can transcend their past glory and give spice to a song that's not their own. The audience then votes for their favorite with the winner earning the donation for a charity of their choosing. Transplanted from the original British version, host Vernon Kay keeps things moving, and mostly manages to avoid being irritating.

      The cover portion often generates some eyebrow raising performances, as seeing the now 50-something Wang Chung sing Nelly's "Hot in Herre" was mildly disturbing, even if they did do a good job of it. And to people who really only want to hear the good old hits, the second half can be utterly dispensible, making it the show's weak link. The show would finish stronger with the nostalgic hits sung last, though then it would start with a whimper, so it's a bit of a toss up. If they could get acts with two hits and make it 90 minutes, with the covers sandwiched by the past hits, it might work better.

      Either way, the chance to see people who've long left heavy rotation on the radio waves is a treat. While it would likely fare poorly against true competition, during a period of heavy reruns it's the ultimate summer concoction!moreless
    • This show wasn't all that bad. It had some decent bands in it but it seemed like the worst performers would win all the time.

      I actually thought this show was good at times. I'm a fan of the 80's bands so it was interesting seeing them up there and then singing another band's song. It was kind of annoying though that they went through all the bands and their songs and then went through them again so they could sing another bands songs. I think when it started they had better bands like the first 3 episodes or so but that's obviously because they had to draw in a good crowd. Isn't this show popular in the UK or something? I remember hearing that they got the idea from them.moreless
    • This was actually a promising concept...

      This was actually a promising concept, with one-hit wonders (such as the now not-as-hot Tiffany and now neither lovely nor boyish Loverboy) playing their hit, then covering a \"current\" hit. And seeing oldies on stage was actually kind of fun. They brought in a huge crowd to cheer for every song, which kind of doesn\'t make sense, because how could ANYONE be a HUGE fan of Loverboy, Tiffany, Arrested Development, and Flock of Seagulls (plus whatever her name who sang \"Finally\")? And just as fake was the show\'s host\'s British accent. ugh.

      Still, the show wasn\'t actually embarassing to the bands, except that each song was clipped at 2 minutes. We don\'t need no stinkin\' bridges! My real problem was that I didn\'t like any of the songs they were covering--all OLD (the newest came out at least 13 months ago) stuff by the likes of Faith Hill, Enrique Iglesias, Kelly Clarkson, and Los Lonely Boys.

      so I turned it offmoreless
    • "Hit Me Baby One More Time" artists trying to get their groove back

      It's not the most popular TV show for younger audiences. However, it's not that bad either. I love the concept of the original artists who come back to stage their comebacks and win back old fans and introduce a younger generation to the history of greatest hits. At the end of the show, the live studio audience votes for their favorite artist(s). Whoever has the most votes wins money to donate to their favorite charities. It's an interesting concept, but I think the show needs to involve the TV viewers into the voting polls as well. If that gets incorporated well, the show can be just as good as or better than "American Idol."moreless
    • I think this show is going to need a makeover if it is going to make it past these 5 shows.

      I think this show is going to need a makeover if it is going to make it past these 5 shows. First off, the show's host needs to be different. I know they got the guy from England that hosts the same show over there to come here and host these 5 shows. But I am too distracted by his accent. There are plenty of people in the US they could have gotten to host. Second, the show needs a lot less flash and a little more substance. Give a litle more information about the groups. Why did PM Dawn have to sit down? Don't constantly recap the show every 5 to 10 minutes. Third, the groups that perform should be just the group. Some of them have dancers or backup singers. Make it an even level for all. If you need sexy dancers to perform as you sing, then you should not get the vote because you did not sing. I do like the online voting where they announced the next week that the online voting voted someone else than the studio voting elected.moreless

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    Arts, Game Show, Music, Reality


    Competition, Docu-Reality, Talent