The New Generation of Superstar

Admittedly, I was losing hope in the ability of talent shows to produce stars. Perhaps this is because the UK version of X Factor has been dodged by countless controversies not to mention the “novelty” acts that are put on the show just to piss people off.

 

Just when you were thinking talent shows no longer have the ability to create stars, enter Carly Rose Sonenclar and Diamond White. Whether or not they each have lasting careers is irrelevant right now, the girls can sing! They are both only 13 years old so can only get better! Carly’s audition and progress through the X Factor USA competition is remarkable. Shocking audiences with Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” in her first audition where L.A. Reid said “remember this day everybody. A star is born!” She went on to further stun audiences during her judges houses performance where Will.I.Am went as far as saying she is “possessed” with some crazy talent. See for yourself below:

 

Carly Rose Sonenclar performs at judges’ houses

Let’s not forget Diamond White, talk about a superstar name! She is out-of-this-world talented. She sings like a baby Whitney and is also only 13 years old! L.A. Reid told her that she truly is a “diamond.” When she sings, her competition might as well quit in my opinion.

 

There are some similarities between these girls and Christina Aguilera in terms of vocal talent at a young age. Christina auditioned for the Mickey Mouse Club at the same age and stunned audiences with her soulful performance of Whitney Houston’s “I have nothing.” If managed correctly, maybe they can individually have lasting careers like Christina’s (she is a bit off the music radar at the moment but manages to stay in the public eye through being a judge on The Voice). What does it take to manage young talent like this? Anyone lining up to manage the careers of Carly and Diamond, have the task of shaping their careers to build something long term since they are so young. How do you do this in an industry that is churning out music without meaning and sounds the same? How do you build a sound so unique and be a superstar all at once?

 

The age to audition is creeping lower and lower, with X Factor US allowing children as young as 12 to audition. Is it really fair to put a kid through the stress of these shows? Remember Rachel Crow’s breakdown when she was eliminated from X Factor US? But then, look at the talent of these young kids! Some of them sound like they’re 30 something with so much experience, it amazes me. I guess it’s a bit of a trade off, youth sells: look at Justin Bieber and One Direction fans, they’re kids.

 

Seeing as both these girls are super talented, here is Diamond White singing  “I have nothing” by Whitney Houston at bootcamp:

X Factor is back…actually it’s been back a while

This is just a little preview of what we can expect on this season of X Factor.

So last week I was blogging about Megabox, Kim dotcom and dinosaurs but I decided to change my topic to something that I love to watch.

So X factor is back! It’s been back a while but only got round to watching it this week.

Auditions got me thinking, how much money is Simon Cowell making from all this? Are these “talent shows” here to stay? What about the survival of these artists in the music industry? I mean look at One Direction, they’re currently battling it out with Rihanna for the UK iTunes #1 spot! According to Music Week, by the end of Tuesday only 246 sales separated One Direction’s “Live While We’re Young” and Rihanna’s “Diamonds”, according to Official Charts Company data, with the boy band in front. Both tracks have topped 50,000 sales in their opening week and look like reaching 100,000 units by the time the final chart is published on Sunday. News like this must have Simon laughing all the way to the bank. But then there is the little issue of Adele releasing the theme song for the new 007 James Bond film so that might just put a damper on One Directions hopes of scoring their second UK #1.

What about the US version of X factor which now has Britney Spears as a judge?! But where did last years amazing winner Melanie Amaro go? She won a $5 million recording contract with Syco and Sony which is the biggest EVER guaranteed prize in television history as well as being in a Pepsi ad that was aired during the Super Bowl on NBC! Does it get any bigger than that? What happened to the likes of Chris Rene and Josh Krajcik? And who can forget Astro go? Jay Z supposedly signed him! Maybe it’ll take a while to pick up in the States, cause on this side of the Atlantic, Simon says and it happens.