Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Ten things you may need to know before you become a reality music idol

There is nothing more annoying than reality shows' stars, especially when they are promised fame and fortune. This is the case with such reality programs as Music Idol, the brother of American Idol and X-Factor who bring new faces to the enormous music scene. The winners and participants from the American edition are somewhere in between struggling wannabes and successful performers, but most of them never reach prominence let alone stardom. Still the American market can take a lot of newcomers, which cannot be said about the narrower European local scene. Established singers have trouble keeping above the pit of music oblivion and they hardly make any good money out of the whole deal unless they have already reached the status, which secures the financial stability and fame. Fresh faces have to start from the zero and move to a music hero and time proves to be cruel to those who are still at crossroads. Let's get back to our friends from reality shows, who are supposed to be the newest chart toppers or at least newest chart entries. Unfortunately life was never meant to be fun and being a reality hit singer may be just a dream away (or two). Many forget and never give a thought on all the conditions surrounding a TV idol. Here are just a few to remind you that nothing is as real as it may seem.

1. Winning Music Idol doesn't mean that you have already become a star.
2. In most reality music competitions the participants are obliged to sign a contract, which includes tremendously many enslaving clauses.
3. A music idol has to be wherever and whenever they are told to.
4. Most of your personal life is exposed for the sake of the show, although this is a talent competition not an edition of Big Brother.
5. Most people rarely care about your vocal abilities, they are more interested in anything spicy about you.
6. Talent shows expect from you to be capable of singing anything, although there are no jukebox singers.
7. Being a winner doesn't mean that you define the stylistic course of your career...or at least not until you are signed to the original record label.
8. Most deals are for no more than a single album, if you don't do well in the charts you may be kicked out.
9. Viewers tend to have a small interest span and when the next Music Idol edition is on TV most probably they have forgotten about you.
10. Do not expect loyalty either from your fans during the show or from the producers, you will be replaced as soon as the next edition begins.

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