Parents' Guide to

Alter Ego

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Holographic singing contest is positive but weird.

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age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Not body positive

This show is not very body positive and it is clear many of the contestants are very self conscious of their bodies. It concerns me many are making themselves much skinnier then what they are normally and that this is being touted as “the whole package” by Judges who don’t know the damage they are doing in saying that because they can’t see the real person behind the screen. I feel very concerned for how heavier set young people would feel watching this. Like they have to be skinny to be seen. It’s very dangerous. It is also stated by many of the contestants how awful they feel in their skin. One girl grabbed her “rolls” and discussed how much she hated them. Then you watch her make her alter ego “roll free” which gave her confidence. Very disturbing. Creating an alter ego is a very emotional process for many and I think it requires mentors and therapists walking along side these people so they can create healthier representations of themselves and come to know how beautiful they are in their own skin.
age 13+


The judge Grimes is a joke. The way she "claps her fake fingernails " for performances is an insult to not only the performs but everyone watching.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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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