Parents' Guide to

The Next

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun singing competition has lots of product placement.

TV CW Reality TV 2012
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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.

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