I watch plenty of reality shows but I avoid talent competitions like the plague. Yes, there’s something about following the journey of hopeful artists who can’t do anything but put their best foot forward that’s inspiring. But when things don’t go as planned it can be heartbreaking for the contestant and I get all emotional and upset, too. So my participation in the talent search process has mostly been limited to the early stages when the worst of the worst are being eliminated; once I start taking elimination decisions personally it’s time to turn the television off, because I will cry real tears for these people and it can be rather draining.

Case in point: the untimely elimination of Rachel Crow from the singing competition X-Factor. I’d seen a clip of this little lady with the huge voice singing “If I Were a Boy,” and she is quite amazing and actually made me cry even then. When I started seeing tweets about how emotional her elimination was, I had to break my own rule take a look. This is difficult to watch.

See? Now I’m all sad. And along with everyone else in America, I kind of hate Nicole Scherzinger right now.

I don’t put much stake in the competition itself or whether the judges made the right decision. The way I see it, Rachel Crow has so much talent that someone out there is working on turning her into the next Raven Symone or figuring out how to get her a record deal. As she said, this is not her ending. But the devastating nature of this elimination got me thinking about how trying it is for children to compete for approval on national television. Even Showtime at The Apollo took the hint after too many young people got booed off of the stage during amateur night and created “Apollo Kids.” Why hasn’t the more
recent wave of reality television followed suit?

Should reality talent competitions exclude children? Or is this level of rejection just part of the business of entertainment?

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  • t.

    rachel has already gotten offers from disney, she’ll be fine lol

  • CAZ

    I understand that contestants are under alot of pressure on these shows. The rehearsing, practicing, and even more for the children because they have to also get tutored for hours during the day. It can make anyone crack under those conditions. I do think that her reaction was a bit over the top. Even the children should be made to understand that every week eliminations are going to get harder. And I don’t understand why they were booing Nicole. Like all the judges, she named who she thought should go home and even after that, it came down to who AMERICA voted for. So if LA was the last to vote she would have went home anyway. The last 3 contestants to go home have been children and they each showed their asses. Maybe they should raise the age limit because clearly these kids arent at the maturity level to handle the rejection that comes with this show and show business.

  • Cynthia

    Wow…this is the most hilarious footage I’ve ever seen in my life. I’ve literally been rolling on the floor laughing for the last 5 minutes. I totally didn’t expect Rachel’s reaction and it totally caught me by off guard.

  • It anyone was being dramatic it would be Nicole, I’m just over her.

  • Dianta

    You cant win everything…Especially in the entertainment industry! I’d rather learn this at a young age while I still have time to improve.