Parents' Guide to

The Next Big Thing

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Showbiz coach entertains but reinforces negative messages.

TV Oxygen Reality TV 2012
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The series offers a voyeuristic look into the behind-the-scenes world of the child performer, and at the kinds of things coaches expect them to do in order to be successful in show business. It also showcases some of the talented young performers who are just starting to make a name for themselves in the industry. Disagreements between Felides and some of the parents creates some friction, too.

The over-the-top personalities featured here, as well as some of the cast's singing performances, creates a fair share of fun moments. But it also reveals a darker side of the industry, including endless hours of training, difficult rejections, and the pressures placed on talented people at an early age to surgically alter themselves in order to meet industry expectations. It's entertaining, but you may also be troubled by some of what you see here, too.

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