Music TelevisionWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Unless you happened to catch Star Search or Showtime At The Apollo ‘Amateur Night’ musical shows were for music channels only however, since the invasion of American Idol over a decade ago, we can’t seem to get enough of shows about talented people. I am a little surprised when artists that aspire to be on a commercial level ignore the shows that are designed to show the viewer a step by step process of finding, developing, and by the end of the season, creating a new star. What better way to gain insight into the commercial aspect of the music business? I do not blame non-viewers that think most of these are annoying UK knock-offs requiring at least one judge to have an accent. Yes this appears to be the formula, but don’t count it out as just a gimmick. Most of the judges on these shows have impressive industry pedigree and can account for a worldly view. There are rumors of these shows being fixed, but you can not fake a number one song or album. Regardless of the outcome there is some truth in the process that proves the “formula” works. Here is a bit of insight, what you choose not to watch on television could be the key to what is missing in your own artistic development. The advice is priceless and could be just what you need to continue to pursue your dream.
American Idol is not the first music show, but it definitely made believers of the other major networks that decided to pick up their own talent-based programming. Idol created a lane for itself by nearly guaranteeing its solo contestants the best experience and professional guidance on a fast track to stardom. The concept is basic and every week viewers get to hear the singers’ growth through song, later voting at the end of the show. The judges have changed over the years, but the addition of chart topping judges like Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj provide professional feedback and points-of-view from music legends. After a decade and stars in multiple music genres taking over the charts, I would say it’s worth a watch if as an artist you are looking for advice from the executives that would sign you to a record deal.
The Voice has been a new fan favorite since its debut 2 years ago captivating viewers with a friendly competition between top artists in the business auditioning for coaches who happen to be major musicians/singers currently dominating the charts. Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine & country legend Blake Shelton are the star coaches. Blind auditions allow them to choose the artists they want for their team by listening in chairs facing the audience. If the coaches want that artist for their team, they hit a red button and their chair swivels around to revealing to them the singer’s identity. Should more than one judge turn their chair then it is up to the singer to choose the coach they desire. This is a sweet deal considering that, at times, the music industry can be more about image than talent.
X Factor & America’s Got Talent are open to all with talent, but still deal in the entertainment industry producing world entertainers. Prime time television hasn’t been the same since the music took over reality T.V. and America’s obsession continues. I urge you to find out what the fuss is all about. Set your DVR and watch beyond the crazy auditions. Study what it takes to be chosen out of millions because that’s exactly what every aspiring star wants, to be “the chosen one.” Find out how you can get closer to that goal.
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