Everyone’s the voice–except me

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When singing talent was distributed I missed the exceptionally long queue because I’m the only person in the world who can’t sing.

Or so it would appear given the number of contestants on TV shows dedicated to crooning.

Singing programs differ from cooking and home renovation ones as we expect most people to have water boiling and ingredient-adding skills as well as the ability to obsess about budgets and raiding the local IKEA.

However, singing talent is another matter and I always thought it to be a magical and emotive gift endowed on musicians, pill popping divas and church choirs.

Yet the amount of talent shows with decent singing contestants is truly staggering: Idol, The Voice, Australia/Britain/America’s Got Talent and a hierarchy of less popular attractions including, The Glee Project, Singing Bees, The Two of Us, etc., have transformed my perception of talent.

It looks like good singers are as common as shoes, coffee and fast food outlets.

Given all this crooning genius, I wonder what criteria  record companies use to sign-up new talent. I guess it all comes down to the X factor. Is there a show about that yet?

Sue Bell

Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.

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