My Daughter Wants to Try-Out for American Idol

United States
May 27, 2007 3:15pm CST
My daughter wants to try-out for American Idol. I have been encouraging her for sometime to do something with her talents. She has a beautiful singing voice. The judges on Idol can be very harsh though and I worry about her being struck down. Would you encourage your child to try-out if they had a gift of a great voice? She has a MySpace account if you'd like to hear her music. Send me a pm and I will send you a link to her account. Tell me what you think.
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
27 May 07
I say let her go for it. As long as she knows what could happen and is prepared for it, then by all means, I think she should give it a try. If my child could sing, I would encourage him to do it too as long as that is what he wanted.
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
27 May 07
I would love to hear her sing. I sent you a message but I just looked to see if you responded back and my message is gone. Maybe you should send it to my email if thats ok with you.
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• United States
28 May 07
I did receive your pm. I sent the link to you from that. I will also send it to your email too, just in case.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
27 May 07
I think I would be very worried about my daughter trying out and being hurt by the judges. They can be brutal at times...and I haven't even seen it that much. What about 'America's Got Talent'? That is another show that airs during the summer. Then you do not have to worry about her missing school and those judges are not as harsh. Sure, that English guy can be tough from time to time. But he is actually much nicer than the Idol show. http://www.nbc.com/Americas_Got_Talent/
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• United States
28 May 07
I have encouraged her to also try out for Americas Got Talent. I think she would stand a better chance of succeeding on that show.
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• United States
27 May 07
As a mother I can understand wanting to "protect" her but perhaps if you sat down with her and let her know that not everyone will be supportive and especially the people who are looking to produce professional singers will be terribly picky. Explain that while her voice is beautiful, remember she hasn't had professional lessons and work ups that most "pros" have so it may not be up to the AI staff's par. And then tell her that no matter what happens you will always think she's the best and hope she can make it. There's no harm in trying. The worse that can happen is she fails and there is no shame in failure but to never try takes no courage! Good luck!
• United States
28 May 07
Celisa has a bachelor's degree in liberal arts with a focus on music performance. She has had voice lessons too. She really has a beautiful voice.
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
27 May 07
That would be great if she did try out. Sure i wouldn't mind hearing her sing. I think she has a great chance as anyone to try it out. I know Simon can sometimes be rude on there as Randy can at times also. If i was younger and in better shape with my health I would of love to be given a chance to try out.
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• United States
27 May 07
Simon is very critical. I sent you a link to her site. Let me know what you think of her singing.
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• United States
27 May 07
My mother wants my daughter to try out as well. I would never push my daughter to do it. If she wanted to go on her own. I would support her all the way. I am just sure there is much more harshness off camera. I think if you talk to her you can get an idea of she is ready. Simon is harsh but,fair in his over all judging.Good luck
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@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
27 May 07
Yes I would but I would also tell her not to loose her confidence because of the Judges I do hope that she will try it and I hope she gets in to Good luck to the Girl Hugs
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• United States
27 May 07
Send me the link and I will give my honest opinion.
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• United States
28 May 07
Hello WhiteHeather39! I just sent a link to her MySpace. She wrote a couple of the tunes herself.
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• United States
27 May 07
Simon can be a jerk sometims, but it all comes down to the other two judges, two out of three gets her there. You might be suprised, but simon might even be decent with her. I would encourage my children to get out there and be heard, if i had children. If it is a dream of her's then let her reach for it, if she doesnt make it there, atleast she was heard, who knows what can happen from there. Yes she may feel hurt, but i bet in the end it will make her stronger, and more determined.
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• United States
28 May 07
Even if the she was booted off the show, others would see her talents and maybe it would give her career the leg up she has been searching for.
• United States
29 May 07
i completley agree with you.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
31 May 07
That is so cool. Be sure to let me know if she tries out. I dont watch American Idol but if she was on it, I would watch. You must be excited for her. Alot of those folks have talent and some dont. I will watch if she is on it so dont forget to let me know. OK?
• United States
6 Jun 07
I will be sure to let you know if she does go through with this. She really wants to achieve her goal of becoming a performer. She has a lovely voice.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
28 May 07
Let her do it! If she makes it, she makes it, if she doesn't she still has her voice. This would be better then looking back and regretting and beating herself up over what might have been. In the meantime, if you can afford it, get her some voice lessons, if she is going to go for it, then jump in with both feet. Good Luck!
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• United States
28 May 07
Her major was music performance when she was in college. She has a bachelor's degree. She is determined to go for it.
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
28 May 07
I think it all depends on her age & whether or not you think she could handle the critisism. She should definitely try out though coz think about it, she could get a wonderful career out of it & even if she wasn't to win or anything, just being able to perform on TV etc she could still get plenty of offers! Definitely let her try out & if it doesn't work then at least you know she tried & that's all anyone can expect.
• United States
28 May 07
My daughter is 28 years old. She has a degree in musical performance.
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
28 May 07
If you decide to let her try out for American Idol, you should definitely prepare her for any harsh remarks that Simon may give her or the other judges. Everyone trying out for that show, should know after several years of this show that they can say some really cruel things and should not take it hard. I bet your daughter does have a nice singing voice and that would be great if she got on and made it through.
• United States
28 May 07
I encourage her to try out if that is what she wants to do. She is 28 years old and has studied music for years.
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
27 May 07
I would encourage her to try! I know they can be mean and cruel, but such is life. Just prepare her for the worst and hope for the best! Hopefully you can go with her to the try outs. I am sure she is a great singer, so give her a shot :)
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• United States
28 May 07
I have always encouraged my children to reach for the stars.
@KrauseHome (35025)
• United States
6 Jun 07
This is Cool. I think it would be exciting to talk with some of the people who have been on American Idol and here their thoughts and suggestions for someone. I will send you a personal message so you can send me the link for her myspace page, as I would Love to listen to her music.
@magnet (2087)
• United States
6 Jun 07
Please send me a pm of the link. I think you should encourage her to go for it.
@maribea (2366)
• Italy
4 Jun 07
oh wonderful thing having such a talent for singing..well if she likes singing and wants to do something in the world of music, she needs to be accustomed to being judged..so I think that you'd better be careful and be at her side and control the situation..I mean I am a bit wary of tv and things like that..but if you can be at her side and be sure that they are doing nothing strange..well this would be a great way to start...why not?
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@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
4 Jun 07
Yes i think she should try out! As to the comments, I believe that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. As parents, I guess you'd always want to protect her against excessive harshness. but the working world today is harsh too, so this might prepare her well for it! And if we take all the criticism in the most constructive spirit ever, then it can only do good for her singing!
@carolscash (9501)
• United States
3 Jun 07
I think if she has a good voice,then you should encourage her to try out. Also, you should talk with her and let her know how the judges are harsh in some of the things that they say but that they are very qualified people in the music business and that they do it so that they can encourage the contestants to do better and learn that just because they like a song or that they think they are good doesn't mean that everyone else will. I say let her go for it if she is good. If she isn't then I wouldn't encourage her.
@DIDDYDEE (73)
1 Jun 07
go for it girl... she has to follow her dream - obviously there will be many knocks along the way but i am afraid that is how life is. you get knocked back but hopefully come back a stronger person for the experience. all you can do is be there to support her. good luck-please keep us posted.
• Singapore
30 May 07
if she's someone who's strong, can stand to be publicly humiliated and a good sport, by all means, go for it! but if she's rather self conscious, then don't go, some of the very good singer got very critical comment from the judges and i cringed at times when i saw how the contestants got criticized and cried.
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