The Morning Show – Are Reality Talent Shows Not Nurturing Talent?
I was lucky enough to be on a panel this morning on The Morning Show for a discussion on whether reality shows are the only way to get a break in the music industry. Think Australian Idol, The X Factor and Australia’s Got Talent. The segment came from an article in the Daily Telegraph where Tina Arena said these shows put making a dollar ahead of nurturing talent. A tad ironic considering she was a guest judge on Australian Idol a couple of years ago.
Maz Compton from Nova, and Glenn A Baker rock historian also joined in on the debate.
My view is that these shows actually gives the opportunity for people who would not normally be able to be noticed by the people that matter.
People from lower socio economic backgrounds and regional areas who would find it difficult to start or sustain a music career have been given this level playing field of these shows. It takes money to go to the Brent Street’s or to get singing lessons, make demos etc or even just move to the city.
But also prior to Idol in Australia, the music industry was pretty anglo focused and this program showcased the depth of talent from people in this multicultural country.
Would Guy Sebastian a Sri Lankan/Malaysian been able to get noticed by a record executive? I think not.
Also it gives opportunity for people outside of the box to gain a fan base. Would Sally Chatfield be able to break through the traditional way, and Altiyan Childs would not be given this final opportunity to become a rock star.
I agree with Maz Compton when she said there is still a variety of ways to break into the industry and this is just one of them.
Glenn A Baker who was positive about some of the talent from these show, quoted Elton John who said he would not have made it on those shows, as he was fat and pudgy piano player.
I actually disagree, I think an audience is discerning when it comes to talent. Also Elton would have found it far more difficult to break through in the ’80’s and ’90’s with the start of MTV, and video clips, this was when pop and rock stars had to come out of the cookie cutter mould.
Reality TV talent shows broke away from this stereotype.