Singing reality shows need to end

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It was recently announced that NBC was looking into picking up the dead ship called American Idol and bringing it back up from its shallow grave. For those who have literally been living under a rock for the last year, American Idol ended its dumpster fire like show last April by crowning the last American Idol, who realistically wasn’t an idol because most Americans didn’t watch the show. This raised much questions into what will become of “The Voice,” who’s ratings are currently down to begin with. And I have the perfect solution to the both issue: Drop both shows and move on.

Ever since people realized that they can get famous online, singing shows like that have been becoming more and more obsolete. The only reason “America’s Got Talent,” which should be cancelled to begin with, is that it’s more than just singing. There is more to offer there. American reality shows like that aren’t popular anymore. Look at the United States’ version of “The X Factor,” it’s extremely popular in other countries. The U.K. Version has been going strong since 2004. But it was an utter failure here in the States. The reason the American version didn’t last because there was too many reality shows in the market of singing competition, also because it was rather confusing. There was multiple categories with each judge having one but yet there was one winner. Didn’t make sense if you had no background info into how it worked. There wasn’t a way to get the causal viewer flipping through the commercials to get into the show.  You go to “American Idol” and “The Voice” and you get all competing for the same goal with no categories. Simple and make sense to everyone, including people flipping through channels. The American version of “The X Factor” should have adapted more to fit the audience.

Perfect example is when Big Brother came over from across the pond. The first season was literally taken from the British version of the game. The rating sucked because there was nothing keeping the viewers invested into the show. So for the second season, they add the HOH, Head of Household, competition and such and it became a hit and so much more interesting. There was a reason to get invested into the show because it got more drama and you wanted to see the backstabbing and the gameplay.

NBC needs to cut their losses and just move on and forget about picking up the dead ship. They just to focus on making “The Voice” more interesting because let’s be real for a moment: how many times can you see them flip their chairs around before it gets old.  “American Idol” was a good show for a couple of seasons, but shows need to adapt and change it up in order to stay competitive in the ratings. “Idol” never did that. The concept grew old and it would never survive in this day and age again, no matter who is the judges.

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#FeaturedFriday:Melanie Martinez

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Welcome to this month’s #FeaturedFriday! This is the spot where I tell you about an artist that I found about from others and such. This month, our featured artist is Melanie Martinez.

If you are looking to have an artist to soundtrack your CW teen drama of a life, then this is the artist. Melanie Martinez was on The Voice, back when it was actually good, and she is what I’m calling the lovechild of Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding and Katy Perry. While she made it to Top 6 on that show. Her album “Cry Baby” is a dark and amazing. All the songs are catchy and pretty much lyrical deep. The best part about the album is that she made music video’s for the entire album. Even in 2015, when the album was released, that is a big deal. Music Videos help tell the story more than what’s presented in the lyrics of the song.

My favorite songs off the album is “Pity Party,” “Dollhouse,” and “Cry Baby.” But every song is good. I highly recommend this album if you are looking for amazing artist. Make sure you view her YouTube channel to see videos for the album.

 

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Zero twenty breaks our soul again

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Zero twenty is a boy band made up of different guys from around the world.  All five guys competed on their countries version of  “The Voice.” While it’s never really stated if they won their version of “The Voice”, which would be hard to say anyways because “The Voice” winners aren’t like the “American Idol” winners of the beginning season that are household names, they got together in Amsterdam and formed a band. On April 24, the band decided to release their first major single “Break My Heart Again.”

“Break My Heart Again” is a catchy song. it’s just a catchy song that sounds like all the other catchy boy band songs out these days. Sidebar: boy band songs sounding the same seems to be a common problem these days. It’s like everyone is trying to follow the same formula. News flash – it’s not working. Now back to the song, the vocals on the song sound like they were recorded on the demo and the producer thought they were amazing so he/she/they used them in the final mix. New flash – the vocals are very rough. There isn’t a valid excuse for rough vocals on a final mix. The vocals honestly could have made the song a hundred times better. It could have made the song stand out more. It’s also very obvious that some of the member are vocally stronger than the others. It sounds like is more than the ones with stronger vocals are more experienced. Some vocals also don’t feel like the fit in the style of the song. This is a common thing in boy boys, but it’s very noticeable on here. I would say painfully noticeable in parts but they do have nice voices.

Overall, the song should have probably went through another round of editing before they released. The main problems is how it sounds like every other boy band song and the vocals. But regardless, the media will more than likely eat up the song as one of the summer songs of 2015. Probably more so in Europe and have mild success here in ‘Merica. I hope to hear/see more from them. Here’s the music video for your viewing and listening pleasure:

 

Rating: 3 member out 5

 

 

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