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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Best. Cover. Ever. features a range of popular musicians and YouTube celebs performing popular Top 40 cover songs. Lots of lyrics contain sexual innuendo, and sometimes use questionable words (but chances are that fans of the original music have heard them already). Because the series is sponsored by advertisers and free to viewers, there's some product placement in each installment, and brands like Listerine are prominently visible. Fans of shows like Lip Sync Battle should enjoy this fun musical series, and it's a good watch for families with teens.
What's the story?
BEST. COVER. EVER. is a YouTube Red original series that lets singers face off for a chance to perform a duet with their favorite Top 40 singer. Prior to the show, hopeful talented singers and bands have submitted videos showcasing their talent and unique style to perform a cover song originally recorded by folks like Katy Perry, Jason Derulo, Nicky Jam, and Demi Lovato. The top two performers of each cover are featured in individual episodes, during which they go to the Los Angeles-based YouTube Space to perform their cover live for the song's original artist. Along with show host Ludacris, the guest celebrity judge must decide which of the two performers (or bands) gets to collaborate with her or him for a day. Additional surprises are featured at the end. Throughout each episode, musician Rudy Mancuso offers impressive instrumental performances of the guest celebrity's hit songs.
Is it any good?
Executive-produced by Ludacris, this entertaining and positive series gives up-and-coming singers a chance to show off their talent. It shows how they creatively rearrange and perform songs from Top 40 artists in different music genres to highlight their own unique styles. It also highlights how performing covers improves singers' performances. The feedback they receive is meant to help them improve their work, too.
The diverse musical performances, which range from R&B to Spanish-language Reggaeton, are fun, and the duets are impressive. The earnest moments shared by contestants and their favorite celebrities are often touching. Overall, Best. Cover. Ever. highlights some of the outstanding talent that has yet to hit the music industry mainstream, and gives them a chance to shine.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about cover performances. What exactly is a cover song? Can people become famous by singing other people's original work?
Will the contestants featured here have a better chance of breaking into the industry by appearing on Best. Cover. Ever.? Or is this just their five minutes of fame? Even if finalists don't become famous, what other ways can appearing on the show help them?
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