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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sing On! is the US branch of a fun Netflix singing competition that has versions throughout Europe. The premise is simple: Contestants sing karaoke mixes of popular songs in hopes of winning cash. Despite some mildly suggestive banter and some sexy song lyrics (most of which young kids won’t catch on to), it’s family friendly. Songs sometimes make references to drinking.
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What's the story?
Hosted by Tituss Burgess, SING ON! is a Netflix original series that features contestants competing in a singing competition for a chance to win up to $60K. Each episode features six amateur singers performing songs to a karaoke soundtrack from a specific music genre. A vocal analyzer compares each performance in real time, and compares the contestant’s voice to the original artist’s voice. The more in-tune they are, the more cash gets added to the jackpot. But those who are off-key keep the pot from growing, and risk being eliminated after each round. The winner of the final round gets to take home the cash.Throughout it all, small details associated with the songs being sung are offered.
Is it any good?
This lively game show mixes winner-takes-all competitiveness with the fun that comes with karaoke singing. The banter between contestants is upbeat positive, even after they are eliminated. Tituss Burgess' witty and energetic style adds to the overall fray.
Despite an occasional, mildly suggestive reference, Sing On! isn’t particularly edgy. But it’s lighthearted atmosphere is what makes it worth watching. It’s hard not to tap your toes to this one, and some viewers may even find themselves dusting off their old karaoke machines and belting out a few tunes.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the contestants who perform on Sing On! Are they professional singers? How can you tell? Are you surprised about the quality of some of their performances?
Where does karaoke come from? Why do so many people around the world sing it? Have you ever tried it? Was it fun?
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