A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The lighthearted feel of the show helps steer the focus away from hard-core competition and keep fun at the forefront.
Positive Role Models
Although contestants are there to compete, they're mainly there to have fun. No one appears greedy or overly competitive, and the host helps keep the mood light.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some songs contain mild references to sexuality ("I'm Too Sexy," for instance), and the show's female dancers wear pretty skimpy outfits.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that since this is a game show, at least five contestants leave the stage empty-handed each time -- but the lighthearted atmosphere keeps the focus away from competition and on the fun of the contest instead. Adults may find it all a bit on the cheesy side, but overall this is a fun watch for families with kids old enough to recognize the songs and chime in with their own lyric attempts.
Is It Any Good?
It certainly won't give a legend like The Price Is Right a run for its money, but The Singing Bee is just zany enough to gather a following of fans, and it's a good bet that some families will be counted among them: Parents who can tolerate the fairly high cheese factor will enjoy watching with tweens and teens. Song selections offer a little for everyone, dating from the 1960s through the present, and it's always fun to pit your knowledge against someone else's.
While there's nothing here to keep younger kids from watching, too, they may find it boring since they probably won't know most of the songs. So if you think your rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody" doesn't miss a beat and you can list every single thing Right Said Fred was too sexy for, here's your chance to put yourself to the test.
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