Reality talent shows silence real voices

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Tania de Jong

The power of singing is in participation not in watching reality TV judges shredding the vocal quality of a starstruck hopeful.

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We live in an age of disposable celebrities, stage-managed stardom and auto-tuning. “Ordinary” voices are silenced by this competitive process coming into our living rooms. Even for the lucky winners of TV talent shows, fame can be cruel and fleeting. Among all this pressure to look and sound a certain way, how do we nurture and celebrate our own unique voices?

About the author

Tania de Jong AM is a leading Australian soprano, inspirational speaker, social entrepreneur, spiritual journey woman and creative innovation catalyst. She founded Creative Universe, Creativity Australia, Music Theatre Australia, Pot-Pourri and The Song Room and works with diverse communities through the ‘With One Voice’ choir social inclusion programs. Tania sings around the world as a soloist and with her group Pot-Pourri releasing 7 CDs. She is Founder and Executive Producer of Creative Innovation Global. Tania’s TED Talk How Singing Together Changes The Brain has sparked international interest. Tania has just released her solo CD Heaven on Earth.