A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Singers are encouraged to follow their dreams and find an outlet for their talents.
Positive Role Models
Each celeb mentors in their own unique way, but all of them are extremely supportive and have the young talent's best interest at heart. Contestants are from all walks of life.
Violence & Scariness
One contestant is shown at home shooting crossbows. References are made to "killing" songs, but they're not intended to be violent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
At least one contestant is surprised by a mentor while in the shower (no nudity); men are sometimes shown bare chested.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional euphemistic references to being drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Next -- which features popular regional vocalists being mentored by celebrity singers -- is pretty family friendly but is heavy on product placements. The audience is encouraged to use Twitter, iTunes, and Cricket Wireless to show appreciation for the artists. There are a few mild references to drinking, and occasional images of people sporting weapons (during home visits).
Is It Any Good?
Like the popular series The Voice, this sing-off features lots of vocal talent that national audiences wouldn't likely be exposed to if they weren't picked to be on the show. What makes The Next different is that the featured singers have some experience with performance and fandom, just not the opportunity to headline or break into the larger national spotlight.
While the vocal performances are fun, what makes the show especially entertaining -- and sets it apart from other popular singing competitions -- are the videos featuring the mentors spending time with contestants at home doing everyday things, like mowing lawns and babysitting. Watching some of the different motivational tactics they use to help their protégés might make you chuckle. Overall, this is an upbeat and positive show that definitely hits a high note.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.