Pro’s & Con’s of Tv Talent Shows


By Tracey Howard-Baker 


1. Experience – The chance to visit a television studio and experience first hand how programs are recorded. 

2. Exposure – The opportunity to perform in front of a live tv audience, industry and celebrity judges and be seen by millions of people. 

3. Contracts – Winners are not the only ones to be offered recording, publishing or management contracts! Pop Idol’s Rosie Ribbons, Fame Academy’s Sinead Quinn and fellow wannabe’s Malachi and Ainslie have all signed record contracts. 

4. Media – The latest television talent shows contestants like Pop Idol, Fame Academy, American Idol and X Factor received tons of free publicity from newspapers, magazines and radio stations. Sadly this is a two edged sword – negative as well as positive stories should be expected. 

5. Prizes – Range from the opportunity to perform live on the show to recording and management contracts. 

6. Make Friends – meet like minded talented folk with similar aspirations 


1. Queues – Television auditions are popular and you can expect to wait several hours or even all day before getting through the doors, let alone being seen! 

2. Contestants – May be eliminated on looks whilst waiting in line – all that time waiting and no opportunity to audition! 

3. Audition – Contestants are usually screened by the shows producer, a representative from the management company or other personel and may NOT be called back for an audition with the celebrity judges (who you may not see at all until the night of the show). 

4. Cameras – The advent of ‘Reality TV’ means that the contestant must be prepared to be filmed during the whole process. 

5. Performance – Be prepared for critisism! Celebrity judges like New Faces Tony Hatch, Pop Idol’s Simon Cowell and Pete Waterman held no punches when it came to their opinion of the artists performance. 

6. Contracts – Contestants must sign a contract with the show which may tie them into a label or management company that has little or no interest in promoting them and may include terms which are detrimental to the performer i.e., minimum royalties, low or non existant performance fees and deductions from earnings even when no longer with the company.


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