Author Topic: Are talent competitions producing a new generation of musicians or wanna-bes?  (Read 1849 times)

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Shows like The Voice, American Idol, America's Got Talent, and others. Do you guys feel they're giving birth or notice or fame to a new generation of musicians, who're much needed to keep the genre fresh? Or are they just producing awful sounding wanna-be's who're giving good music a bad name? I see it as a little bit of both. Kelly Clarkson is a good singer, even though her music isn't my thing really. But other Idol winner's like Fantasia cannot sing!

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I think a lot of these shows bring exposure to artists that have talent but would have a hard time getting their name out there otherwise. Of course they aren't all great, and the shows are pretty horrible for the most part, but there are definitely talented artists/musicians that make it on the scene because of the opportunity shows like The Voice present. The one thing I hate is when someone that's already got connections and making moves ends up being a contestant on those shows. It seems like they should reserve the spots for people that really need the exposure/opportunity, but obviously whatever they are doing is working because these type of 'talent competitions' are multiplying like a disease...There's too many to count now.

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They do give exposure to artists but problem is, you have to sit through like 500 or so auditions of people who know full well they can't sing! There should be a screening process for these auditions. You have to at least be a B- level talent in order to audition. But these days, C- level people are auditioning. I guess they think somehow by the time the final round arrives, they'll magically have morphed into an A- talent!

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I think they are still capable of producing real talents and actually discovering them. But for me, they become overrated. And most of the time unreal. It's best to discover talents without the competition in my opinion because the industry is already a competition itself.

I think they are still capable of producing real talents and actually discovering them. But for me, they become overrated. And most of the time unreal. It's best to discover talents without the competition in my opinion because the industry is already a competition itself.

It's not a problem when Simon Cowell and Pierce Morgan and whoever else is involved in these type of shows are making a show out of sitting through 500 acts to get to a gem with talent. I actually find that with a lot of these talent shows, the winner actually get nowhere and the person who came second, third and sometimes third, often gets the bigger deals when the show finishes, which is ridiculous. It's a reality tv show gimmick though, which affords people with no other means of exposure, a means of exposure.

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I think sometimes it's about effort. If the winner whoever he or she is doesn't wanna put in the work to be great, but the two or three runners-up do, then they'll get farther because they want it more.

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I think it is half and half. The industry needs to continuously find talent. As the old talents fade out, the new ones come in. I think it is great that "the people" get to judge to see what we will have as our means of musical entertainment. The down side is that some people are very well aware that they do not hve talent but still go on the show and waste our time. There should be a spoof show for people like this. I watch these shows to really view the new and upcoming stars.

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I think it is half and half. The industry needs to continuously find talent. As the old talents fade out, the new ones come in. I think it is great that "the people" get to judge to see what we will have as our means of musical entertainment. The down side is that some people are very well aware that they do not hve talent but still go on the show and waste our time. There should be a spoof show for people like this. I watch these shows to really view the new and upcoming stars.

But it's all about society today isn't it? We are very touchy-feely as a society and don't wanna tell anyone they stink at something. So you might have a daughter or son who "think" they can sing but they really can't. Mom, dad, and maybe other people however haven't told them that. Because they don't wanna hurt their feelings.

So these people go through life hearing compliments or not hearing put downs. And then they see American Idol auditions are coming to town and they think, I should try out! Once again, Mom, Dad, and whomever else as a guardian or friend. Doesn't wanna hurt their feelings or crush their dreams. So they just say "we support you in this endeavor". And the rest is history.