A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series shows the kinds of things that aspiring singers must do to package themselves into performers that can break into the music industry, including changing one's look, being sexy, adopting a different style -- very mixed messages for young viewers.
Positive Role Models
Kandi and her team offer criticism and advice about performances to help singers improve. They are not interested in helping them with personal issues.
Violence & Scariness
Occasionally disagreements between singers and the Factory team lead to some arguing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female singers are usually urged to be "more sexy." One aspiring singer's virginity is discussed.
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Words like "ass" are audible. Stronger vocab ("s--t") is bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Kandi Burruss' music development studio, as well as her work, is featured.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Kandi Factory is a reality competition that contains some occasional strong language, some arguing, and some sexual innuendo, including conversations about virginity. Young women are frequently required to be more "sexy" as a way of ensuring their success in the pop music field. While the subject matter will probably appeal to teens, the focus is on creating bankable stars rather than positive mentoring or personal growth.
Is It Any Good?
The Kandi Factory offers a chance for folks to see what goes into the creation of a successful pop singer, which includes finding songs that s/he can perform well, being able to dance while singing, and creating an overall image that can be easily marketed to large audiences. Throughout this process, it also highlights some of the challenges singers wanting to "make it big" face when making this transformation, like singing types of music they don't like in exchange for success, and staying true to oneself regardless of who or or what the industry pressures them to be.
Burruss and her team make it very clear that they are investing time, money, and reputation to develop and promote singers that will make money for their label. As a result, any real attempts by young talent to share their misgivings or personal growth issues during the process are quickly dismissed with reminders that they must be willing to do what is being asked of them if they want to succeed. These messages aren't the most positive, but they certainly reflect the reality of the music industry.
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