A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The positive: It's important to work hard to make your dream come true. The negative: The judges can be very critical of contestants.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two contestants have a budding romance, and viewers see them kissing. Aspiring young singers of both sexes live in the same house.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the judges are pretty critical of the aspiring singers. While Simon Cowell & co. on American Idol also sling insults and snide comments at performers, the stakes seem higher here -- perhaps because viewers get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of just how hard these singers have worked for this chance. As a result, the criticism, while constructive, might hurt young viewers who identify with the performers.
Is It Any Good?
What sets The One apart from similar shows like American Idol and Rock Star: Supernova is that viewers get to see what life is like for these performers each week. Cameras installed in almost every room of the house capture weight worries, insecurity, and loneliness.
This Real World-lite voyeurism adds a much more 3-D feel to the show and enables viewers to get to know the competitors as they duke it out. The personal touch makes all the difference -- although it can also make it harder for young viewers to hear the judges criticize the singers.
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