A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's lots of focus on becoming famous and developing talent into something marketable. But a love for music is also discussed.
Positive Role Models
Diddy and his professional team aren't always the most eloquent (sometimes they're painfully honest), but they're clearly trying to help the aspiring singers develop their talent and their star potential in their own way. The contestants come from all walks of life (and some have the difficult life stories to show for it) and sing in a variety of styles/genres.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional arguments between participants.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contestants' movements and gyrations are often somewhat suggestive.
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Diddy doesn't always use clean language, but words like "f--k" and "s--t" are fully bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Combs' record label, Bad Boy Records, is mentioned frequently. His other brands and collections are also visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
None shown during the competition/performance segments, but there's always the chance contestants could partake at home.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- in which singers compete for the chance to be signed to Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' record label -- features lots of entertaining musical performances ... as well as some arguing, sexually charged dancing, and strong language (though the strongest words are bleeped). There are also plenty of references to Combs' music, companies, and products. Some of the contestants have difficult life stories that may be distressing to sensitive viewers (for example, one has a daughter with leukemia, while another turned to music after his father died). Given that and some of the behind-the-scenes content, this one's best left for teens.
Is It Any Good?
Starmaker takes on a bit of an American Idol quality by focusing part of each episode on each contestant's on-stage performances. But there's also lots of typical reality show drama during the days before each concert as contestants work with various professionals to improve their voices, movement, and image. Occasional musical curve balls thrown by Combs make the journey that much more interesting.
Unfortunately, the pressure of competition leads to occasional but heated arguments among the singers, as well as other tension-filled moments. But overall, the show offers some interesting behind-the-scenes glimpses into what makes a music star, while also offering entertaining musical performances from some very talented individuals.
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