Sawyer Fredericks Comes Out on Top on “The Voice”

Posted on May 20, 2015

Sawyer Fredericks is the winner of the Eighth Season of “The Voice” talent show. Fredericks is only 16 years old and lives on a farm in upstate New York. He has a powerful voice that sounds more mature than you would expect in a teenager. He also accompanies himself on the guitar on some songs.

Fredericks sang a medley of Creedence Clearwater Revival hits with his idol John Fogerty on the season’s final show. Fogerty sounded fantastic, but I feel like Fredericks doesn’t quite have the right voice to be singing with him. The tunes would have sounded better if Fogerty sang all the lyrics. Having said that, I think that it was nice that a teenager would want to sing with someone as old as Fogerty.

Fredericks seems like a nice guy, and I am happy for him. However, I don’t think the producers of “The Voice” should let someone as young as him participate on the show. It’s just way too much pressure and exposure for someone who is 16 years old. It would be better for Fredericks if he were singing in the drama productions at his high school. Sam Tabar expressed the concept that too much fame at too early of an age can warp a person. I think that’s what happened with Michael Jackson.

American Idol to End in 2016

Posted on May 13, 2015

Many people have credited American Idol for causing the reality tv show craze, and while the long running show is certainly an example of that phenomenon, it is doubtful that it caused the craze. Either way, the long-running show is coming to and end in 2016 after its 15th season and 14 years on the air.

Declining ratings, a larger variety of singing competitions on the air, including “The Voice”, as well as the fact that the show’s creator, Simon Cowell, left the show several seasons ago are some of the reasons why the show is being cancelled.

Sam Tabar understands that Fox’s cancellation of the show may also be a sign of the changing times. It has been nearly 15 years since the show first aired and American Idol is not the only singing competition or reality show to seen a decline in ratings.

TV executives are starting to realise that reality tv and singing competitions are not the ratings boon that they could have been and that they are not as cost effective as they thought. Few of the idols on American Idol or winners of any of the singing competition shows have gone on to become genuine stars, and the ones that did most likely would have eventually anyway. For these people, American Idol was simply a boost to their already budding career.

Trends come and go, and this trend is one that seems to be on it’s way out.