Since the start of the new programme we have have had many features that seem just a little incongruous to the rest of the programme and its history. So far we have had a Top Gear style "hot and not" board, speed planting of trees and a 60 second makeover challenge, to name but a few.
This week however, we have Carol live judging contestants who are auditioning to receive her expert tuition. The whole thing went a bit X-factor complete with over-exaggeration of anything, masses of drama, tension music and a complete sense of "this is such a difficult and important decision".
A step too far? A little disappointing? I think so.