BBC has addressed complaints from viewers who weren’t excited to be ringing in the New Year with Alicia Keys.
The global mega star, highly acclaimed for having one of the best back catalogues and voices around, could do little to satisfy members of the British public, with the BBC having to defend booking the US star and highlight that the singer performed covers by British artists.
The broadcaster also reminded complainants that a whole heap of British artists were featured on The Hootenanny, presented by Jools Holland, on BBC Two.
‘Alicia keys in LA singing about New York on the BBC on New Year’s Eve,’ one viewer tweeted with an air of sarcasm, while another agreed: ‘Alicia Keys performing from Los Angeles at 3:30 in the afternoon feels pretty inauthentic for New Year’s Eve show. The idea is great, but why couldn’t they have a British star, and in our actual time zone?’
‘We received complaints from viewers who were unhappy with aspects of the programme,’ the BBC responded in a statement.
‘Traditionally on New Year’s Eve we produce two music shows, for BBC One and BBC Two, to provide a broad range of music entertainment across the two channels. Each show leads into and expresses the midnight moment and they are commissioned to work in tandem with each other.’
The channel continued: ‘Alicia Keys Rocks New Year’s Eve was intended as an intimate and inclusive musical celebration to see in 2021. Alicia Keys is a successful artist who has sold over 42 million albums worldwide and we felt that such a popular and respected artist would be a great way for viewers to see in the New Year.
‘Alicia performed exclusive covers by British Artists and a short instrumental version of Auld Lang Syne and wished everyone a happy new year under the Auld Lang Syne Score.
‘Meanwhile on BBC Two, The Hootenanny, presented by Jools Holland, is a multi-artist show and featured a range of British artists. This year’s line-up included Sir Tom Jones, Rick Wakeman and Roisin Murphy.
‘Both programmes have a different feel and bring something different to the schedule and our audience members are free to select the show they find most preferable.
‘We recognise though some of our audience were disappointed.’
Catch the show yourself on BBC iPlayer.Credit: Original article published here.