Every Sunday night a televised singing contest makes its appearance on one of the main channels. Shows like American Idol, The Voice, X Factor, and many, many more come on to show the U.S. who some of the best singers in the country are. Other countries have their own versions of these competitions, but the U.S. has the most televised singing contests.
The shows range in different variations of competitions. Some allow private auditions, others public. The size of the crowd varies, and even the audition itself can vary. A fairly recent show called Killer Karaoke even features singers who have to compete while accomplishing their fears. All of the competitions feature famous guest judges, normally singers, who can help the competitors learn how to better their voices. Although some of these singing shows are fun to watch, I often ponder the rules of the competition.
For the majority of the people who audition, I believe they sound amazing. All the competitors sing their hearts out, and almost all of them sound amazing. I find it difficult on how the judges decide who continues onto the next round and who goes home. In the competitions, it eventually reaches a point where they let “America” decide who continues onto the next round. People can vote on their favorite singers to continue, and eventually, the person with the most votes wins the competition.
Although few people who end up winning become internationally famous and AMA winners, the competitions aren’t futile. It is an experience where you can learn how to sing better and interact on stage during performance. Many people who get kicked off the show during the earlier stages of the competition come back the next season to retest their luck. Many famous singers have come out of the competitions and, obviously, become successful. Some performers include One Direction from the X Factor, Jennifer Hudson from American Idol, Miranda Lambert from Nashville Star, Kelly Clarkson from American Idol, Susan Boyle from Britain’s Got Talent, Carrie Underwood from American Idol, Pentatonix from The Sing-Off, and Adam Lambert from American Idol. (Just to name a few.) A USA Today article discussed the failure of singing shows to create famous performers.
The singing competitions have gained success in televised views. You can go on youtube and look up the competitions auditions and there will be tons of views. Also, many people put together compilations of the best and the worst auditions. Whichever program had the first televised singing competition started a trend that continues even today; still, new contests are popping up but with different rules and concepts.