A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It shows how mixing music and technology can create new ways for musical performances to be presented. Cast members talk about a range of themes, including dealing with illness, personal insecurities relating to who they are and what they do in life, and dealing with social anxieties and stage fright.
Positive Role Models
The judging panel is very supportive and positive about the singers and their talents.
The singers are from a range of racial and ethnic backgrounds. Some are from LGBTQ+ communities, and others are coping with chronic illnesses and are living with disabilities. The avatars don't necessarily represent any of this.
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Violence & Scariness
Nothing violent, but some of the avatars are creepy looking.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the song lyrics and dance moves are mildly suggestive.
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Products & Purchases
Popular songs from a range of singers and eras are performed.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alter Ego is a singing competition featuring singers who can only been seen as digital avatars by the judges. The holographic images are creature-like, and very small children may find some of them disturbing. Contestants talk about personal challenges, ranging from social anxieties and insecurities, to physical disabilities, but the judges are extremely upbeat and supportive. As is the case with most TV singing contests, there are also lots of popular songs performed.
Is It Any Good?
This otherwise run-of-the-mill singing contest takes on an odd,dystopian flair when it combines music and the sciences. Contestants use the digital technology to reinvent themselves, and hide the things they don't want the judges to see on stage, like physical challenges, looks, and performance anxiety. However, while they share why they don't like performing publicly, they offer no explanations for the weird looking avatars they've chosen to represent them. Meanwhile, it's not clear if the judges, while supportive, are evaluating them solely on their voice talent. If you like singing competitions, you might find Alter Ego entertaining, even if it is a bizarre viewing experience.
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