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The rise of TV talent shows

Author : Date : 2011-12-31 22:00:08

Singing competition fever has swept the world ever since "American Idol" debuted in 2002. Other than the Idol franchise, we now have The Voice", "The X Factor" and many more. For the music industry, they find new talent; and for the singers, the whole experience can be life changing.

He used to live in a refugee camp in Palestine. But now, Mohammed Assaf has become the first Arab Idol, a national hero for Palestinian people, and a peace ambassador.

China isn’t short of its own singing talent either. Most of the winners over the years have been amateur musicians or college students, like Zhang Liangying. Zhang made it to the top three in the hit singing competition "Super Girl" back in 2005, and remains at the top of the Chinese pop scene.

For Connie Talbot, who was only 6 years old when she made runner-up at 2007 "Britain’s Got Talent", winning the competition allowed her to travel and sing for thousands in Beijing, something she never dreamed would happen. "It did’t feel real. It was so dreamy. But I had such a great time," Talbot said.

These life-changing experiences are all thanks to TV talent shows, which have exploded in popularity. Now, anyone with the talent has a chance to be in the spotlight.

"American Idol" began airing in June 2002. The offshoot of Britain’s "Pop Idol", it has since become one of the most successful shows in the history of American television. It is recognized for launching the career of many artists, including Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Adam Lambert, while remaining a TV ratings juggernaut.

A huge rival to the Idol franchise is "The Voice", based on the reality singing competition "The Voice of Holland". Many other countries have also jumped on the bandwagon, airing their own versions of "The Voice" since 2011.

Another top player is "The X Factor" franchise created by Simon Cowell, which originated in the UK. The "X Factor" of the title refers to the undefinable "something" that makes star quality, found in acts like Leona Lewis and One Direction.

Many countries, including China, have their own versions of these hit talent shows. "The Voice of China" debuted in 2011 and became a smash hit immediately.

However, singing competitions go back much further in China. In 2004, Hunan satellite TV’s "Super Girl" series, followed by "Super Boy" in 2007, caused a big buzz in show business.

But the most prestigious is the "China Youth Singing Competition" held by China Central Television. Initiated in 1984, it has become a top platform for aspiring talents from around the country.

In 2013, the singing competition craze is showing no signs of slowing down, as various talent shows continue to fight for viewers.

Love them or hate them, reality talent shows are now a staple of television. And it seems they will be for a long time to come.