Yesterday, I happened to catch a kids show called "Next Star". It is formatted the same way as the Canadian Idol used to be, or for that matter, American Idol is. There are judges and there are young kids voting for other supposedly vocally sound young kids who are taking the stage. Pretty innocent concept, but not only kids for the kids show and adults for the adult show cannot differentiate good notes from bad notes, in tune or off tune singing, but judges are definitely getting more deaf than ever. Maybe that happened because for all of these years, they've been listening to bad singing and partially (hopefully not yet completely) lost their hearing. Or maybe they gave up on the idea that somebody actually can sing in tune and remotely resemble what once was called music and singing in particular.
This is a big riddle and still remains to be unsolved...
On that kid's show yesterday, during the last 6 "BEST" finalists, they were praising out of their wits a couple of semi-tone deaf girls (to put it mildly) and been calling them Divas! I understand you have to have a nice and positive attitude towards children, but how did they end up in the finale? Does that mean that the rest of them were completely and utterly tone deaf and with no hope? It makes me wonder and it makes me sad. For a fact, I know that Canada possesses a lot of talent. There are a lot of wonderfully talented kids as well as adults who for whichever reason never get discovered. Why? I don't know. This mystery remains to be unsolved. But I seriously believe that society conditions us to worse and worse singing and moreover, that hardly bearable singing is passed and accepted FOR THE STANDARD...?
One of my colleagues listening to Rhianna's live performance of "Only Girl in The World" said "Why doesn't she just lip sync? It would be less embarrassing." I replied, "Don't worry. They're working on live show auto-tunes now, so soon, they will stop destroying our ears, but they, no doubts, will destroy our hearts and souls."
How disheartening is that?