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“You sang so beautifully, please join my team!” Or “I can still learn something from you!” are the standard phrases on the casting show “The Voice Kids”. Here, children between the ages of 8 and 14 perform and, just like on “The Voice of Germany”, show off their beautiful voices. If they convince the jurors, the latter press their red button and then “battle” (with the above-mentioned standard phrases) for the little candidates.
But, as with other casting shows, there can only be one winner on “The Voice Kids” – ergo, the rest of the little applicants are bound to lose. Many people are not aware that this disappointment can have fatal consequences for the children’s psyche, even long after the show has ended.
Appearance And Reality – Disappointment Is Pre-programmed
Of course, children do not see that casting shows are staged programs. They usually cannot appreciate what it means to be publicly marketed and made into a show.
Apart from that, it naturally puts enormous pressure and stress on the children to stand in front of an audience of millions and sing. Paula Honkanen-Schobert, national director of the German Child Protection League, hits the nail on the head when she says of “The Voice Kids”.
“Casting shows produce a lot of losers, and only one can win. But children are supposed to show their strength individually. In this concept, disappointment is inevitable.”
This is also true of other shows of this kind. I don’t even want to start here with “Germany’s Next Top Model” and its effects on girls’ self-confidence.
This Is Why Parents Should Not Send Their Children To Casting Shows
Sure, as parents you want to support your children’s wishes. However, I am sure that some parents project their own desire for fame onto their children, who are then sent to such casting shows.
Children easily lose touch with reality and really think that they will finally become famous. But let’s be honest – which winner of any “The Voice of Kids” has really made it? Well, I mean really. At least I can’t remember one.
The winner, by the way, is promised a €15,000 training contract, as well as a recording contract. The parents then get to decide whether to accept it or not.
And what about school? There then probably in kauf genommen to repeat the school year again. When they come back, the participants are known like a mad dog – and probably can’t even walk undisturbed through the schoolyard.
This experience definitely has an impact on childhood and takes time to process – as parents, this should not and must not be underestimated.