posted on May 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm
These days, reality shows are all the rage. Teen Mom, Jersey Shore, and The Bachelor are shows that require no talent to be on, while there are other reality shows focused on “talent.” One show that has been popular over the years is American Idol. The first five seasons of the show produced some well known singers. However, recent contestants of the show (and even the American Idol winners themselves) have failed to make it big in the music industry like former Idol alum’s Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Chris Daughtry (just to name a few.)
Somewhere along the line, American Idol stopped looking for real talent and started to focus more on commercial appeal. Season 8’s Katrina “Bikini Girl” Darrell is a perfect example. She was not a good singer, but still got the coveted Hollywood golden ticket simply because the male judges like her appearance (like the name implies, she auditioned in a bikini.)
NBC recently debuted a singing show of their own that may make talent shows seem legitimate again. The Voice has singers partake in blind auditions. While the contestants sing, the judges (including: Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton) have their backs turned so that they can focus on the singers voice rather than their appearance. If they like what they hear and want them for their team, they push a button which spins them around to face the singer.
Not only is this brilliant, but it is also refreshing. It’s no surprise that Hollywood has high expectations for a person’s outward appearance, so people who do not always meet these standards are rejected by record companies and never given a chance. The Voice shows girls that just because they might not fit the typical “Hollywood image” that it doesn’t mean their dreams can’t come true!
**Ever since Pia Toscano got kicked off American Idol, I’ve stopped watching that show. She is seriously one of the best singers I’ve ever heard, and they were foolish to let her go, and give “the save” to Casey in the beginning. The remaining singers now left on AI in my opinion are just like karaoke singers, nothing extra special. What do you think of American Idol now? –Nicole **