Parents' Guide to

Sing Your Face Off

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Viewers will tune out silly celebrity vocal contest.

TV ABC Reality TV 2014
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Hosted by John Barrowman, Sing Your Face Off takes the familiar singing competition format to a whole new level of monotony. It devotes an entire hour to only a handful of performances and fills the time in between with meandering clips of the contestants stumbling through dance class and applying prosthetics. Worse yet are the judges' inconsequential remarks and arbitrary scoring process, which clearly exist to fill time between segments. And, because there's seemingly no prize for the winner, the whole thing feels like a preschooler's game of dress-up run amok.

To their credit, the contestants put forth valiant efforts in the roles they play, even when the pairings transcend the ridiculous. Eighties rock screamer Sebastian Bach as Lady Gaga? Lisa Rinna as Justin Bieber? When a singing show stoops to gender-bending as a comic mainstay, it's time to question its point. Yes, some performances do surprise in a good way, and it's always fun to see celebs step outside their comfort zones. But ultimately Sing Your Face Off amounts to 60 minutes of frivolity that's more about the contestants having fun than the audience's enjoyment.

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