American Idol: It’s All About Story, Not Just Singing

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Hey there!

Do you ever wonder why there are judging rounds prior to when the public votes on the competitors on popular talent shows like The Voice, American Idol and [country name goes here]’s Got Talent?

And did you ever wonder how some people get on TV with mediocre singing skills at best?

It’s not because of their talent. It’s because of something far more valuable. Something you are highly skilled at.

Plus, a very special musical guest in this video helps me illustrate my point.

Madison’s YouTube channel:

Hope this helps!



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  1. OMG!!! David she is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your daughter’s talent with us. I will watch for this rising star in the future. You have every reason to be proud.

  2. She’s very talented. I hope she finds the success she’s looking for.

    Regarding storytelling, my wife has listened to me telling her a story about something, and immediately pointed out how good that would have been as a voice-over. At other times I’ll read a voice-over spot and I’m not so compelling. It’s amazing how we can do things so well when we don’t try, and not so well when we do try.

    Thanks for the video David.

  3. That was fantastic! And your lead in was spot on! 🙂 All the best to her – may her story include a ton of success!

  4. Your daughter is fantastic! And you are 100% right about the story being a factor in being selected for shows like American Idol, etc. All those contestants are legit talented, and their stories create an emotional connection with the viewer. I had a very small role in a show with the “Velvet Teddy Bear” Ruben Studdard and other American Idol, The Voice, and Sunday Best former contestants. Each of these singers were outrageously talented, and each had a compelling story. There were others in the cast who were also outrageously talented, but didn’t have as compelling and dramatic stories (in the eyes of TV producers). Still, these other performers are doing amazing things in their careers and lives! All the best to your daughter!

  5. Madison is amazing. So glad I watched this video.

    And so glad to have met you in person in Hollywood last week. You are amazing as well. 🙂

  6. My god but her voice is amazing. I’m certain she’ll accomplish great things! 🙂

    One of the main reasons I don’t watch shows like American Idol is that reality TV seems to have this theme of, “If you don’t have a tragic backstory, one will be provided to you.” It makes the show less about trying to find a good talent and build on that to make them a great talent, and more about entertaining crowds of people with contrived drama.

    Which is fine if that’s what they want to do, but let’s not pretend shows like these are still talent shows. :-/