Reality Vocal competitions vs reality
Date: July 15, 2013
As a vocal instructor, I have had quite a few students go forward with attempting to audition for these reality shows; The Voice, AGT, American Idol, etc...yet many of these students are not ready vocally and may never be. A few years back, I went to a AGT audition, since so many of my students were interested in camping out in NY to audition.... as you know, it is a cattle call at first; they have the participants audition in a group of 8 in front of a computer techie. There are no judges. I watched the masses wait for days and hours in NYC only to audition on an "x marks the spot" in front of a video camera. The waiting was inhumane...they had booths set up for beverages and snacks for sale. After the audition on the "x", the producers then scan the 90 second auditions for the ones they invite back to the live auditions which are only 100 so I was told.
As a vocal instructor, how would you go about your discussions with the starry eyes singer on the" reality" of reality tv auditioning? Howard Stern, Christina Aguilera and Simon Cowell and company make our lives in the professional a challenge when we have been in the trenches in vocal pedagogy and they have not even a clue as to what makes a healthy and successful vocal technician. Has anyone else had this issue in voice class, vocal lessons? I had a gal in 7th grade go to NYC from western Mass...convinced her parents that because she "applied" she had a shot...I am her chorus teacher...no previous lessons and no previous work in any educational vocal program.
Is it possible for a journalist go behind the scenes and do an expose on this process so our sensitive and novice performers understand the reality of this talent reality concept??