A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although contestants' talent levels vary, most groups have been working on their sound for years. The overall message is that working hard to get what you want can actually pay off. There's lots of diversity, too, in terms of race, gender, and geography.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few female performers wear skimpy outfits, but others choose to stay covered up. Dance moves are sometimes suggestive.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
No one is shown using subtances, but one contestant mentions that her mother was a drug addict and dealer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, aside from a few suggestive dance moves, there's not a whole lot of iffy content in this reality competition series. But the commercialism, while subtle, is insidious. Because competing groups perform covers of popular songs, the show basically helps best-selling artists (and the record companies who steer their careers) sell even more of their products.
Is It Any Good?
This is a show with good intentions that ultimately fails to deliver when it comes to compelling talent. Some groups are so bad they're actually cringe-inducing. Others are passable but nowhere near ready for prime time, and only a few (OK, maybe one or two) have a polished, professional sound. If these are truly the best of the yet-to-be-discovered groups out there, we have good reason to be afraid (very afraid).
But never fear: There's an upside. The amateur abilities of these wannabe singers and dancers actually remind viewers that creating a pitch-perfect pop group (a la Sean "Diddy" Combs) is a lot harder than it looks ... and that maybe it should be left to the experts. For that, we're eternally grateful.
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