I love the idea of a talent show that focuses on more than just
singing, especially the same old adult contemporary music that we hear
over and over and over again on the likes of American Idol, Star
Search, or any other popular talent competition. The problem is that
when it comes down to it it ends up being nothing more than a singing
competition with some other performers thrown in for good measure, but
without a shot at winning.
The "judges" constantly berate people for not being diverse or "mixing
it up" enough, which flies in the face of what the show is supposed to
be about. Take, for instance, the martial arts exhibition group
Sideswipe. They were told by all of the judges that they wanted to see
more than just punching and kicking, and that they had to do more
dancing and add more production to their numbers if they were going to
have a shot at winning. WHAT!?!?!? They are a martial arts group. . . .
. PUNCHING AND KICKING IS WHAT THEY DO!!! Why not tell the singers that
they need to add more flips and jumps and tumbling to their acts? When
it comes down to it the judges, and America, do not consider anything
other than singing to be real talent, and that is a shame, because the
variety is what could be the shows strongest feature.
In defense of the show, there is much more variety than you will see on
American Idol. At the end of the second season there is a blues/reggae
singer, a young American Idolish singer (though not of the same
caliber), a ventriloquist/impressionist whose act is 99% singing, and a
beat boxing singer. There is more variety than many other talent
competitions, but it would be really nice to see more of the true
variety acts and far fewer singing acts.
Another negative is that the show would be totally unwatchable without
TIVO. Less than half of every show actually involves performing, and
they spend way too much time on background info and letting you know
what is coming up "after the break."
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