The other night, I was flicking through my On-Demand, looking for a cool show to watch, and I noticed something. Something I may have noticed a long time ago but just not spoken of yet. There were literally dozens of singing shows for me to go through. From The Voice to American Idol to The Sing Off to X-Factor, every network has a singing show, and the kicker is, they are ALL the same. Not only would I go so far as to say they are all the same, but I will also add, they are ruining music and need to stop, now.
Don’t get me wrong, at first it was cool. Years ago, it was something we had never seen before. It was interesting to see how the music business worked behind-the-scenes. How they helped train and make pop stars from regular people. But now with singing shows, we have seen it all. We have seen the young girl who comes in and looks meek, and then blows everyone away with her larger-than-life voice. We have seen the fat guy come in with the long beard and then blow everyone away with how soulful his voice ends up being. We have seen the pretty teens who are overly dramatic and love to flail their arms like birds when they sing. We have even seen when auditions go bad and people’s dreams are shattered for the sake of ratings. We have seen it all, and the thing is, it is just getting boring.
On top of getting boring, the other kicker about singing shows is that they take some of the charm and magic out of music. Let’s Get It On may be a very cool song, but after hearing every hack in every audition for every singing show sing it, I am more apt to change the station when it comes on now. That, my friends, is not okay.
So please, network TV, find a new obsession. How about shows that feature up and coming actors and actresses auditioning for movies or something? Heck, anything, but enough with the singing shows.
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