Killer Karaoke

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Game show has singing, painful stunts, and salty lingo.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series underscores what people are willing to subject themselves to in order to win some money. It also encourages viewers to laugh at others pain or humiliation.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The folks here willingly endure painful and/or humiliating moments for cash. Steve-O proudly mentions having a lengthy rap sheet.

Violence

People sing while being attacked by dogs, bitten by snakes, covered in scorpions, being electrocuted, and other potentially dangerous situations, though no one ever appears to be seriously hurt.

Sex

Dogs are shown attacking people's genitals (which are protected). People are shown taking off their shirts, pulling off their pants (partially revealing their butt cracks), pulling out socks from their crotches, and even wearing Sumo wresting wresting costumes that expose much of their backsides.

Language

Words like "ass" and "bitch" are audible, while curses like "f--k" and "s--t" (usually uttered out of fear) are bleeped.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Contestants wear items like "drunken glasses" to become disoriented during challenges. The host makes subtle references to drug smuggling.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Killer Karaoke features contestants singing tunes while attempting to complete wacky challenges, some of which are potentially dangerous or painful (like getting electrocuted or bitten by non-poisonous snakes). There's lots of bleeped curses thanks to people screaming out in fear, and occasionally comments are made about people's genitals. Kids should be encouraged not to try these stunts at home.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Teen, 16 years old Written byLiam ingram August 20, 2015

Killer karaoke

It's a really great show I couldn't stop laughing this is what the shows about thay have to sing there song and do things that scare then Like thi... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byneedlegrass March 4, 2014

Worse than books by Stephanie Meyer

Horrible, horrible, horrible. DO NOT even bother with this show. The show is sickening as it makes it's contestants walk across rotten pig guts, get bitten... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymrbookworm01 December 22, 2012

Not good, not terrible

I saw an episode of this show last night. I don't really like this show. The humor is lacking, the premise is uncreative, and Steve-O is just plain obnoxio... Continue reading

What's the story?

KILLER KARAOKE, a series adapted from the British series Sing If You Can, is a game show that lets contestants showcase their karaoke skills while testing their courage. Hosted by Jackass star Steve-O, each round features two contestants who must sing a song to its entirety. The catch? They must do so while engaging in potentially dangerous, humiliating, or painful stunts, like being attacked by dogs, getting a body wax, or being dunked into a ice-cold water tank with boa constrictors and other dangerous snakes. Replays of each person's reactions are showcased after each song. After each of the three rounds, the studio audience votes by keypad for the person who will move on to the final showdown. After the finalists sing off in an over-the-top challenge, the winner wins a $10,000 cash prize.

Is it any good?

While its roots are British, Killer Karaoke pays homage to the Japanese game show tradition by offering translations of titles and slogans written and spoken in Japanese throughout each episode. But the real resemblance comes in the form of the contestants willingly subjecting themselves to ridiculous (and even gross) stunts while singing their hearts out. Also adding to the fray are the replays of the people screaming out in fear while trying to sing.

Much of the show's fun comes from the reactions of the contestants. However, the stunts get a little repetitive from week-to-week, which makes each round a little anti-climatic. But folks who find these sort of silly scenarios and outrageous competitions entertaining will probably find themselves laughing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about game shows. Why do people willingly subject themselves to painful or humiliating stunts? Is it just for the money? For a few seconds of fame? Or is there something else that motivates them?

  • Do game shows or reality competitions ever go too far? Is featuring people doing potentially dangerous stunts being socially responsible? Why should people never attempt to engage in these kinds of stunts on their own?

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