So I'm sitting here watching the Voice (no judgement) and on comes a pretty young girl ready to sing for the gang of 4. Carson Daley (because he is STILL SO COOL) does the pre-performance interview asking how she got into singing.
"Well, I have dyslexia and used singing as an outlet."
Great, good for you. I was pleased to see that she had overcome this obstacle.
"What is your inspiration?" Carson then asked.
"My (overweight) uncle who (ate a ton of cheeseburgers and never went to the doctor and) also had dyslexia who died 4 years ago." Cue sappy music and insert photo montage.
Look, I appreciate the story of the underdog as much as the next guy watching crappy reality TV, but is it just me or has it been mad overkill lately? It seems like every contestant from Idol to the Voice to America's Got Talent is crawling out of the gutter with some tale of why we should all feel sorry for them.
I'm sorry, but I've had hard ships - we all have. I dare anyone to say they've lived a perfect, pristine life. We've all experienced the death of a loved one, a hard time in school, a broken heart. These people are not special. It makes me wonder, is that all it takes to get on these shows? You mean I could potentially win Idol if I over-exaggerate on my dad's quadruple bi-pass from 10 years ago? If I share that I have asthma and couldn't be as physically active as other kids my age? That I have toe-thumbs?
Let me take a minute to share my personal thoughts on what makes an acceptable or unacceptable sob story for shows such as the Voice:
The marine who served 3 tours in Iraq and lost a limb fighting for his country.
The single mother working 3 jobs to support her family.
The gay college student who gets made fun of for singing because he loves it.
The older man/woman who never took a risk and finally realized life is too short.
The hard-working immigrant who came to America legally and worked to support their families and wanted to try something different.
The normal adult with no problems and genuine talent.
The cancer survivor.
The homeless teenager that dropped out of school and rolls with gangs.
The young father of 3 who quit going to night-school and his job to try-out for Idol. Oh yeah, and baby #4 is on the way.
The dyslexic girl who milks her uncles death in order to get a shot at trying out.
The high school student that wants to quit school and give it all up to be famous - and the parents that support that decision.
The person who's 3rd cousin they never actually speak to is a lung cancer survivor, which was brought on because they smoked 2 packs a day for 2o years.
Do you have any more examples of acceptable and unacceptable scenarios? I'd love to hear about them in the comments!
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