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Parents need to know that Boy Band is a competition featuring young male singers competing for a spot in a new "boy band." It’s pretty family-friendly, but occasional strong words appear in lyrics, and there's some flirtatious behavior. Positive themes include perseverance, teamwork, and being responsible. Singers perform songs from a wide range of popular musical artists.
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BOY BAND is a reality series featuring young male vocalists competing for a chance to make boy band stardom. Hosted by Rita Ora, the series features 30 young men between the ages of 14 and 22 auditioning for a chance to make it to the next round. Judging them are former Spice Girl Emma Bunton, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, and Timbaland. The 18 young men who make the cut are organized into three groups that must work on their vocals, learn choreography, and develop the skills required to perform as a group. They must also work on their looks and the ability to connect with audiences. Each week a team performs on stage in front of a live audience, after which one of the members is eliminated. After a few weeks, at-home viewers take over the judging process and ultimately create America’s newest boy band.
Is it any good?
This entertaining series offers viewers a chance to see just what goes into developing a successful boy band. In addition to energetic singing performances, mentors and judges offer feedback that underscores the skills required to be a part of a pop singing group. This includes being able to transition from being a solo singer to the culture of working together with a band.
The suspense-filled eliminations are overdramatic, eliciting lots of screams from fans in the audience. But Boy Band highlights the hard work and drive that go into building a cohesive group whose work will (hopefully) translate into megastardom. Young singers may find it inspiring, but other tweens and teens will swoon at the ensemble of young, male, good-looking crooners featured here.
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