The Voice Kids – Everybody Is Making A Big Deal About The Crying But What I Want To Know Are The Kids Paid For That Woolworths Ad
It appears the mainstream media are handwringing over the fact last night we saw a child cry on television last night on The Voice Kids and are querying why the network included it in the episode. I would have been disappointed if they had not.
Romy, a talented 12 year old (now 13) girl burst into tears after no judges turned around after she sang quite a nice rendition of Turning Tables. The judges rushed to comfort her.
The viewer knows that there must be children crying on the show, so it was good see how they were actually handled it and they were not hiding how they were handling it. The judges were sensitive and appropriate.
Also I am sure Romy and her family would have been more disappointed if her song HAD NOT been aired.
News.com.au are reporting that the family agreed to have it shown. Also they report that NINE publicity were pitching it as a story prior to it airing. That I am not so comfortable with that it would be used to get ratings as they knew it would be controversial and they were up against the House Rules finale……
Sure Romy was disappointed and so she should be, but kids are resilient. People need to remember kids compete all the time and miss out. They audition at school for the band and choir, they compete in sports. They cry a lot then they pick themselves up and move onto the next thing. Romy is not going to be scarred by her experience on TV in fact I bet her school mates think she is a legend. And kids do need to learn about disappointment otherwise they won’t turn into functioning adults. Who needs a generation of Veruca Salts.
Simon Cowell was gobsmacked in his early days of American Idol when bad singers were coming through and were shocked when told they could not sing as there parents had been telling them how talented they were. Sure we need to build kids self esteem and self belief but they also need to get a real life reality check at times, that they are not the fastest, smartest, most talented kid.
Romy was not in the untalented category she was in fact unlucky to miss out. That is what she should be a bit bitter and twisted about.
In fact it shows children at home watching that you can try and miss out and that is fine. As my Miss 9 said “I would cry, but I would still be happy that I got to sing in front of the judges”. Thankfully after seeing the talent on the show she said she needs to practice a lot more.
After watching two episodes of The Voice Kids I have found it to be quite enjoyable and good family entertainment. Less filler, more singing then the adult version and less about the judges and more about the kids. The only issues I had was in episode two when Mel B was going on about one of the girls looking pretty, and then did a vignette to camera about how beautiful Delta was because she was tall and blonde. That is more damaging to kids at home then seeing a child crying on stage.
Also if they are worried about the wrong message getting out maybe they should have edited out the bit where Joel tells one of the kids that they are the fun team. That just bought back memories of his indiscretion that occurred last year.
What is most concerning is some of The Voice children are performing in an advertisement for Woolworths and I would hope they got paid a fair rate for this. If not then THAT would be exploitation.