Singing competitions are slowly losing their voice

The concept that a hopeful and talented person could be discovered on television seems odd in the age of social media. With discoveries like Tori Kelly and Shawn mendes, people can now post a video on YouTube and build a strong audience.

Over time, it seems that chasing fame on YouTube is a better option than entering a song contest. These emissions do not appear to produce the same amount of star power as they once did. Although viewers seem to be reacting, singing contests aren’t as relevant as they used to be.

In the early 2000s, “American Idol” with over 30 million people visiting each week, became a cultural sensation. Until 2011, “American Idol” played in a field of its own, until “The Voice” and “The X Factor” were introduced.

With the increase in viewer attention, “American Idol” suffered dramatic audience drops at the start of Season 11. Yet despite a drop in ratings, “American Idol” had an advantage over other contests. song.

Famous singers like 2002 and 2005 winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, each with at least 13 million album sales, lend credibility to the show. Although she didn’t win, Jennifer Hudson is another musical icon from “American Idol”.

In her first acting role, Hudson became a superstar after her Oscar-winning performance in “Dreamgirls”. While they haven’t had the same success as the previous winners, a few recent winners have had some success. For example, Philip Philips played his song “Home” during the Olympics, as well as a number of commercials, movie trailers and TV shows.

On the other hand, even though he’s one of the biggest contenders for “American Idol,” “The Voice” hasn’t produced a star that can come close to being on par with Clarkson and Underwood. . If you haven’t blind-watched “The Voice” auditions, celebrity coaches are listening to contestants with their backs turned.

If a coach likes the candidate’s voice, he presses a red button and his chair swirls to reveal the singer. If more than one coach turns around, the candidate chooses the celebrity team to join.

Due to the setting up of blind auditions, participants are only judged on their talent. Lacking harsh Simon Cowell-style reviews, “The Voice” is meant to be a much nicer singing competition. Suitors are not criticized until the tears fall. Instead, they’re teamed up and mentored by famous coaches who seem to really care.

In addition, the winners of “The Voice” seem to be cursed by the low sales of albums. For example, 2012 winner Cassadee Pope only sold 206,000 albums, while 2013 winner Danielle Bradbery sold 134,000.

With his album, “Something Beautiful” entering the Billboard charts at No. 2, season 9 winner Jordan Smith could break the curse. As one of my personal favorites, I hope he can continue on this path to success.

“The X Factor” also struggled to produce a star and to grab viewers’ attention. With no one verifying its top two winners, the show didn’t have the same star power as its UK counterpart. Some familiar names from the British “X Factor” include A direction, Dear Lloyd and Leona Lewis.

One notable problem I see with singing contests is that everyone knows what to expect when they tune into each show. Indeed, the shows are experts at giving audiences everything they’ve promised, including a heartwarming backstory.

Yet, at the end of each competition, viewers feel content after watching a fan favorite take every hurdle the competition throws at them and end up losing interest in the person’s personal history.

Singing competitions are now more about ourselves and making great television than the budding artist. Most people log on to watch a candidate overcome the trials and tribulations, which keeps some from worrying about the paper due tomorrow and others from the stress of the work day.

After gaining some satisfaction from it, there is usually no incentive to check with singers for years. How many of us have wondered things like, “Hey, what happened to Tate Stevens? To illustrate my point, after asking my sister who her favorite “Voice” competitor was, she replied, “I can’t even remember half of their names”.

The large supply of talent competitions makes it more difficult for singers to have a defined path directly into the music industry. Newcomers may enter a contest, believing that they will become a musical legend with or without a win, but the little fame they taste from being on the show quickly wears off soon after.

While on television, applicants are required to be active on social media to get viewers to vote for them every week. However, when contestants are brought back to reality, they no longer have all the press attention and Twitter hashtags, making it much easier for the world to forget about them.

While applicants can always try to follow their social media accounts, the lack of press attention makes it much more difficult for them. Applicants should also be smart during their time on the show. Television can be a good platform to introduce new singers to the audience, but besides a touching backstory, another important part of becoming a fan favorite is the right song.

A well-performed song can draw fans to a competitor, as did for me the contestant of “The Voice”, the performance of “Chandelier” by Jordan Smith. His performance made me an instant fan, but I don’t know if I would have become a fan without his captivating performance.

Like many other reality shows, auditions for talent shows can be changed. Some applicants may receive more screen time, while others may not even stream.

The reasons for this can range from their performance which is not as good to the lack of a compelling backstory. These eliminated participants must feel very hurt because the audience may not feel the same emotional connection that they feel for the contestants who spent more time on screen.

While talent shows do not get the same number of viewers as they did before, nor guarantee a musical career, there is no doubt that they will continue to be produced and funded.

Fox’s new show “The Four: Battle for Stardom” has already been renewed for a second season, “The Voice” has already returned with Clarkson as the new trainer, and after a short hiatus, “American Idol” will return. on March 11, 2018. Maybe some of Clarkson’s star power will rub shoulders with the winner of “The Voice,” which will make talent shows a little more relevant again.

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