Holy smoke, TV show producers sure know how to feed an addiction and satisfy a craving don’t they! These TV Talent Shows are tripping over themselves keeping us saturated on talent, or in some cases, humorous non-talent.
You know, AMERICAN IDOL seems so long ago already that I’ve forgotten who won it. Oh, that’s right: country boy Scotty! We barely had time to grab a new bag of chips before AMERICA’S GOT TALENT took over our lives and before it ended on Wednesday night, karaoke queens and kings were battling it out on KARAOKE BATTLE USA, which ends tonight. Thankfully, I guess, our addiction for this talent show stuff won’t go unsatisfied even long enough to start craving it as COVER ME CANADA kicks off on Sunday, and in the meantime, auditions for CANADA’S GOT TALENT and the 2012 seasons of American Idol and America’s Got Talent are already underway. The only one we don’t get in Canada is X-Factor but I’m sure it’s in our future somewhere along the line.
So are you addicted to these shows too? I must confess that the best part for me is often the bloopers … the ones who think they have talent and leave us in stitches. And I can’t not mention the judges on these shows: they are often as amusing as the wannabes. Just as well ’cause sometimes the shows just drag on too long. I really found that this year with American Idol. But that might be because once viewers voted off my personal favourites, I really didn’t care who won. And this year for the first time ever, America’s Got Talent dragged on a bit too. It IS my favourite of these shows. It’s just so much more interesting to see a variety of talent than listening to singer after singer.
Now I think KARAOKE BATTLE USA has the right format: short and sweet. Only 4 weeks to narrow down 2 winners from 4 different regions. Then one night to whittle 8 contenders down to 4 finalists and now tonight, we find out who wins. Way to go. Might even have a chance to watch CSI or NCIS or CRIMINAL MINDS for a change!
You know one thing really struck me watching Karaoke Battle USA: some of those contestants were absolutely outstanding! They were way more than just karaoke singers. Some of them could rival major artists. Like all the talent shows, and maybe that’s what I love about them, they show us just how incredibly talented many of the undiscovered are. It’s sad too in a way. So much hoopla is made about today’s “divas” and “artists”. They’re the ones who were lucky enough to be discovered by someone with money and connections and many of them don’t compare to the contestants we’re seeing on those shows. No wonder we become addicted to these talent shows: it’s so nice to see others equally deserving getting a chance to be seen on national TV. Take one of my personal favourites from Karaoke Battle USA: Meredith McHenry. What a sweetie. Fabulous voice and stage presence. She’s not in the finals but at least she’s gotten exposure she never had singing in some karaoke bar. And that kind of thing leaves you feeling good, doesn’t it.
Yep, just like a true addiction, keep feeding us these talent shows so we can feel good for the underdog, the great undiscovered. We relate to these people, both the winners and losers because that’s what our own lives are like: win some, lose some. We all have undiscovered talents. Maybe we’re a car-detailer like Landau who’d never performed for an audience before this year’s America’s Got Talent (so happy for him!) or one of those ladies whose parrots talked back at them like nothing we’ve ever heard before, they bring us great entertainment week after week. And I love ’em!
So now, I’m getting ready to catch the debut of COVER ME CANADA. I’m curious as hell to see which 8 contestants out of the thousands who entered were selected for this show. Most of us poured over the videos contestants posted on YouTube and many were shocked that those we thought would be selected weren’t. So just who did make the show?