P. Diddy's Starmaker

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Aspiring singers compete for big break; some iffy stuff.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

Occasional arguments between participants.

Sex

Contestants' movements and gyrations are often somewhat suggestive.

Language

Diddy doesn’t always use clean language, but words like “f--k” and “s--t” are fully bleeped. 

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

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Parent of a 12 and 15 year old Written byAMAZINGGRACE August 31, 2009

MONET DEALS WITH THE BULLIES OF THE SHOW!!

MONET is 18 on the show and she is bullied by the other girl contestants. MONET so far shows class and doesn't get mad or rude like the others. That show... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Rapper/entrepreneur/self-proclaimed star maker Sean “P. Diddy” Combs is looking to mold and launch the next big music sensation -- in P. DIDDY’S STARMAKER, 14 singers compete for that chance. The contestants live and work together in a Beverly Hills mansion while preparing for a weekly live concert, where their performances must impress Combs and his panel of judges -- including producer Richard Jerkins, music exec Tamara Corniff, and choreographer Laurieann Gibson. The singer with the weakest performance at the end of each show is eliminated; the last crooner standing wins a recording contract with Combs’ label and a chance to make their musical dream a reality.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it takes to become a music star. What kind of talent and/or training does someone have to have to make it in this competitive industry?

  • Are singers who win reality music competitions guaranteed a successful career? Why or why not? Can you think of any success stories from other shows?

  • How can music help people when they're facing hard times? Do you think music can help people heal?

TV details

For kids who love reality TV

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