Must Be The Music

Must Be The Music – Final 6

The Pictures

Must Be The Music – Final 6

Pepper & Piano

Must Be The Music – Final 6

Missing Andy

Must Be The Music – Final 6


Must Be The Music – Final 6

Emma’s Imagination

Must Be The Music – Final 6


The top 15 acts have been decided upon in Sky1’s reality series Must Be The Music.

Judges Dizzee Rascal, Sharleen Spiteri, and Jamie Cullum have selected the groups set to battle it out for the title this season.

Along with host Fearne Cotton, the judges visited the acts on Sunday night’s show to reveal to them they had advanced to the semi-finals and a shot at £100,000.

The finalists are:

Chakula Soul – funk band

CK Gospel Choir – choir

Daithi – solo violinist

Ebony Steel band – band

Emma’s Imagination – solo guitarist

Flo Dem – rap group

Hero – harp player

Kyan and Kyle – pianists

Legion Of Many – rock group

Missing Andy – indie band

Pepper & Piano – duo

The Pictures – rock group

Toxic Funk Berry – electronic trio

The Trinity Band – band


Must Be The Music continues next Sunday on Sky1 at 7pm.

Source: Digital Spy

Must Be The Music judge Dizzee Rascal has laid down what he believes is the key difference between the new show and the likes of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

Dizzee claimed that the new Sky1 series offers its acts the chance to be in charge of their own future rather than have it decided for you by record labels.

The rapper labelled the likes of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent as “just another massive marketing tool”.

“No discredit to that, but we’re giving the artists room to be independent. Being an independent artist, I can appreciate that.”

Dizzee Rascal is joined on the Must Be The Music judging panel by Sharleen Spiteri and Jamie Cullum.

The series premieres on Sky1 on August 15 at 7pm.

Source: Digital Spy

Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton has come a long way since taking on the host role on the X Factor’s spin off show, The Xtra Factor.  She’s landed the main host role for Sky’s version of The X Factor, Must Be The Music.

The aim of the show is to find the UK’s best music act of any age singing any song in any genre.  Judges of the show include rapper Dizzee Rascal, Texas front woman Sharleen Spiteri and Jazz-man Jamie Cullum.  The winner of the show will take home £100,000.00

Judging started in Manchester yesterday and Fearne will meet hopeful contestants today at the second day of autitions.

Mercury Music Prize winner Dizzee says, “I know how hard it is to break into the music industry – I’m here to give you that break.”

The series will be shown on Sky1 and Sky1 HD this August.

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Sky 1 HD today announced a stellar line up for its new series Must Be The Music. The judging panel will include the current golden boy of the British music scene Dizzee Rascal, multiple award-winning singer, pianist and multi-instrumentalist Jamie Cullum and chart topping singer/songwriter Sharleen Spiteri.

The judges and host will be attending auditions in London, Manchester and Edinburgh over June and July in the search for the UK’s best music act – any age, any song, any style. With such wide-ranging musical backgrounds, the panel are perfectly placed as judges for Must Be The Music, which is open to any type of musical talent, be they a gospel choir, an indie rock band, a rapper or a soprano singer.

Dizzee Rascal, scored his fourth UK Number 1 last weekend with “Dirtee Disco”, following up his previous Number 1 singles “Dance Wiv Me”, “Bonkers” and “Holiday”. The man who won Best British Male at this year’s Brits is now helping to look for Britain’s best music. Having won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize as a breakthrough act, he’s now transcended urban and pop music with hit collaborations with everyone from Calvin Harris to Florence + The Machine on “You’ve Got The Dirtee Love”. So Dizzee is no stranger to working with artists across different types of music and spotting new talent.

Jamie Cullum is also at the top of his game. He is the UK’s biggest-selling jazz artist of all time and the singer-songwriter’s albums “Twentysomething”, “Pointless Nostalgic” and “Catching Tales” have sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

As a Brit and Grammy nominated artist, he has taken jazz into the mainstream and his new album “The Pursuit” has seen Jamie embark on a sold out world tour, from which he will be flying into the UK to record ’Must Be The Music’. Jamie’s success is truly global, taking him from Seoul to Sao Paolo, Melbourne to Memphis and across the USA where he has achieved huge success collaborating with Clint Eastwood on the Golden Globe nominated score for Gran Torino. Jamie also finds time to host his own weekly show on BBC Radio 2.

Sharleen Spiteri is a multi-award winning artist with a coveted Ivor Novello under her belt and is best known for being the lead singer of Scottish rock/blues band Texas, however has also achieved success more recently as a solo artist, with her albums “Melody” and the recently released “The Movie Songbook”.  Having sold over 12 million albums worldwide and recognised as one of the UK’S most credible singer/songwriters, Sharleen is in prime position to join the other two judges on Must Be The Music in the search to find the best musical talent the UK has to offer.

The series, open to all musicians and singers no matter what type of music they play, is set to air in early August 2010 on Sky 1 HD and its unique new format hands back control to the artists themselves, empowered by creative support, promotional advice and a cash fund of £100,000 to kick start their career. The final will be held live at one of the UK’s biggest and most famous music venues, where the finalists will perform on the same stage as the show’s prestigious judges.

Jamie Cullum commented:

“I’m honestly so pleased to be involved in a competition that gives all musicians out there the opportunity to be heard. I know that some people may feel that their unique approach to music doesn’t normally have a voice, but they are exactly who we are looking for – genuine talent in whatever form it takes.”

Dizzee Rascal stated:

“I know how hard it is to break into the music industry and am giving all you fellow musicians out there a chance to come and show me, the other judges and the rest of the UK that we really do have some of the best musicians in the world right under our noses, who deserve a break. I’m here to give you that break.”

Sharleen Spiteri stated:

“It’s going to be a great opportunity for musicians out there to come and perform in front three judges who have such diverse musical styles, that no matter what style of music they perform it will surely pique the interest of at least one of us. Regardless of our differing music genres, ultimately we all have the same goal and that’s to encourage unsigned and undiscovered talent to perform to the best of their abilities and give them the opportunity to succeed in something they are truly passionate about.”

Must Be The Music will launch this summer on Sky1 HD and Sky1. For further information, go to

Duncan Gray, Head of Entertainment, Sky1 HD and Sky1, 2 and 3, commented:

“Dizzee, Jamie and Sharleen are a superstar trio of judges who will help real musical talent get real rewards.”

Henrietta Conrad, Executive Producer Princess Productions added:

“We’ve appealed for people with a passion for music to attend the auditions, and by adding these incredible artists into the mix, we now have the perfect combination. Dizzee Rascal, Sharleen Spiteri and Jamie Cullum are passionate, credible and brilliantly talented and we hope this will ensure that Must Be The Music really will be the show to watch this summer.”


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