Reality talent shows silence real voices

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


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?

Tania de Jong

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