The Winner Is

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Family-friendly singing competition with some sad stories.

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Positive Messages

Contestants are talented and encouraged to share their musical gifts with the world. There's competition, but it's mostly friendly. Due to the format of the competition, contestants must assess their own performance and gage whether it was good enough to move on. Some of the personal stories emphasize care and concern for others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Singers come from all walks of life, but all of them sing for the love of the craft rather than to become a star. They're competing for money, but many contestants offer reasons for doing so that go beyond mere greed.

Violence

Reasons for wanting the money include helping people with terminal illnesses; occasionally images of sick people are shown. Death of family members is sometimes discussed.

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Consumerism

LG devices are prominently featured and/or referenced during the show.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Winner Is is a family-friendly signing competition, though some of the contestants' personal stories, which refer to personal tragedies, illness, and death as reasons for competing for the money, might be upsetting to younger and/or sensitive viewers. The LG brand is a show sponsor, and is prominently featured.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySamuel M. July 18, 2013

The Winner Is: The Voice meets Deal or No Deal

The Winner Is differentiates from your average singing competition; the two contestants sing for an audience of 101 "music experts" including famous Y... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE WINNER IS, a competition series hosted by Nick Lachey, features contestants singing songs for a chance to win some cash. Each round showcases amateur -- but talented -- singers/singing groups belting out tunes in a series of duels. Their performances are judged by 101 selected bloggers, music experts, and fans. After the bloggers cast their votes, the scores are revealed, but without the dueling singers knowing who actually won. Contestants are then offered the chance to take a small cash prize and walk away from the game before finding out. Losers of each duel must also depart. The winners of each duel move on to the next round in hopes of getting a spot in the finale for a shot at $1 million.

Is it any good?

The Winner Is combines excitement and suspense by featuring skilled contestants, most of whom do not perform for a living, sing popular songs, while putting some of the power to stay in the game in their hands. Unlike singing competitions such as American Idol and The Voice, the anonymity of the judges keeps the focus on the performers, rather than the personalities of those who are voting.

It's family friendly, but some of the contestants' life stories reveal some sad and/or difficult reasons for wanting to compete for cash, like a family illness or death, which often makes it hard to watch them leave the stage empty handed. This aside, the overall show is upbeat and positive. Music fans of all ages will definitely enjoy tuning in.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about singing competition shows. What kinds of things do you think judges look for when determining who is the better performer. Is it a singer's voice? Their image? Or something else?

  • What makes singing challenges entertaining? Is it the performances? The competition? Or the judges? Over the years, which TV singing competitions have been the most popular? What is it about these shows that make them hits?

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