(Here's a link to a danish newspaper article about it...all hail Google translate!)
At this point, of course, I am making harsh, irrational predictions, since the show has not yet aired on danish television. But based on the concept and the participants, I am so full of dread.
I don't see any justification for this show, other than the participants, judges and presenters getting more television-time. Honestly.
- Would you invite 6 random people to stand in front of an orchestra and play the Tschaikovsky violin-concerto?
- Would you make a television program about 6 random people designing and constructing a 10 story building?
- Would you film 6 random people with no knowledge of mathematics trying to write a mathematical solution?
- Would you invite 6 monkeys to paint and exhibit at the National Gallery? YES, that would be GREAT and hopefully include a lot of pictures of bananas!!
- As my brother who has just returned from Afghanistan wrote: would you make a program about 6 random people fighting a war?
- Would it make sense to construct a television program, that seemingly combines the mysterious aura of the arcane, dark art of conducting with the allure of the celebrity world and project this onto the seemingly hilarious, slapstick shenanigans of working in a very costly, prestigious, cultural institute such as the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra?
Unless you are a television executive - or otherwise involved in this 'intriguing' program - then the answers are "Yes", "Yes", "Yes, "Yes and who can I pay a lot of money for this briliant idea", "Yes" and "Yes".
The conducting 'fach' has now apparently no integrity, just like professional dancing and cooking. Hooray.
"Oh, but Mr. Nordin, how can you be so negative?"Because, that's my gut reaction. I hope to have it reversed when I watch the first episode of "Maestro". Then I will write a blogpost about how wrong I was, I promise. Oh, wait! If I watch it, then I will just be another pawn in their evil masterplan! A puppet, dancing on a string! Help me, I'm caught in a paradox!
P.S. When I say "random", I mean celebrities. Celebreties are people who have deviced a clever plan (possible including the collection of underpants) to be seen as much on television as possible.