Do you have a good singing voice? Honestly?

@James72 (26832)
Australia
September 29, 2008 2:38am CST
We get delayed telecasts of shows like American Idol and America's got talent etc here in Egypt and it never ceases to amaze me how many people perform and audition with the most horrendous singing voices you could imagine! Yet when the judges tell them they were terrible the look of amazement on their faces is indescribable! lol. "But my family and friends LOVE my singing voice!" is usually their reply..... Sure, our family and friends are usually biased towards their own by seriously! So if your friends and family tell you the same do you honestly think that they too are just being nice or can you ACTUALLY sing?
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
29 Sep 08
I had a nice singing voice during my school days. So much so that I was a member of the school choir for many years. Somewhere over the years it changed,sort of like chalk stuck in my throat. Never attempted to sing after that or i'd for sure be asked to shut up and get the feedback like you have given to those on those on the talent shows. BTW, If there was a way to listen to your singing voice on here would sure like to do so James. I'm quite sure your friends and family are right.
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
29 Sep 08
Ah the joys of puberty alok! I was the same myself. Singing at events was even a job of mine when I was in High School but that was a loooong time ago and I sound nothing like that at all anymore. And I have to admit that I am very, very grateful that we do NOT have the ability to add sound files here! lol. I do it now in the shower and around the house for fun only and that suits me just fine! Thanks for responding and drink plenty of water to clear that chalk and you might just ressurect a career!
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
29 Sep 08
In the shower and around the House James ! Im sure your Egyptian friends may want to mummify you. Considered a career with those Belly dancers around ?
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
30 Sep 08
Who says I don't belly dance myself alok? Maybe I have the belly for it! At least the singing in the shower drowns out the sound of my neighbours! They seem to like to fight very loudly most days and nights unfortunately.....
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Sep 08
I love to sing but honestly my voice is really awful. I have a nasily voice anyways and then when I sing it sounds like total crap! But I love singing so I do anyways. If I play the music loud enough though my husband and kids don't have to suffer hearing me. One time when my 11 year old was about 2 years old he would cry every time I would sing along with a theme song on television. I guess he really liked the song and I was ruining it for him. Oh well... Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
29 Sep 08
Hahaha. Maybe your son will grow up to become a critic then? At least you admit that you can't sing so well and spare the family by turning up the volume! lol. The important thing is that doing it makes you happy. Thanks for responding schulzie and happy mylotting to you also!
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@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
29 Nov 08
Grandpa_lash is being honest he has a wonderful voice. Yes I know I am biased but I really do like it. My voice on the other hand is not good. I cannot hold a tune properly as I cannot seem to translate the note I hear with the sound I produce. I know there is a word for it but I have no idea what it is. When I actually hit the right note I am ok but just ok. I can sing along to a record quite happily but I once dreamed of being a singer, ha what a joke. I actually took singing at school and it was all opera. I can sing that stuff but I am not so good at fun music like folk. I do not want to sing soprano opera or carols. I wanted to be a folk singer. Oh well life goes on.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
29 Nov 08
I have already stated to Lash that he has a back-up opinion attesting to his singing prowess sharra; but what about this folk music then? Are you the one that helped him to get that "finger in the ear" analogy and THEN became a lover of the same? lol. Aside from "tone deaf" I am not sure what other term may be used to describe what you have just mentioned concerning note translation, but I don't think this is the actual term. All that matters is that we enjoy singing for ourselves and as long as we don't have false and grandiose ideas of our ability the who cares really? Thanks for the response sharra an keep on singing!
@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
30 Nov 08
Ah I said I like his music. I do not stick my fingers in my ears for much at all but certainly not for folk music.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
30 Nov 08
Oh I realize you like his music now sharra, I was just wondering if it was always this way or something you grew into is all..... I have quite an eclectic taste in music myself actually and willlistend to a whole range of genres and artists. The only style of music I am not overly keen on is Rap.
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
29 Sep 08
I have a good singing voice... in my dreams. I learned that the hard way. A third grade teacher got me to believe in her delusion that I could sing. She encourage me to join a school singing contest and even at a young age, I realized when I was on that stage that I was sucking. Tiffany would have banned me from singing "Could've Been". Lol. I "could have been" more self-aware and avoided such embarrassment. Not having a good voice hasn't stopped me from singing along though. But I only do this when I'm by myself, with family or with very, very close friends.
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
29 Sep 08
Dreams are good. We can be anything we want in them! Great Teacher by the way! lol. But then again, maybe she taught you something altogether different to what you think she did? Either that or she was sadistic? At least it doesn't seem to have turned you off singing and you can still enjoy yourself with it! Thanks for responding SaintAnne and by the way, Tiffany forgives you I'm sure!
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
29 Sep 08
I think my teacher did that with best intentions, albeit delusional. She was always encouraging me to do this and that. In a way, I think she thought of me as her pet. By the way, I didn't have to jumpstart my car. I was happy to hear it purr! Lol.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
29 Sep 08
Great news about the car then! Try not to leave it sitting for too long from now though!
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
29 Sep 08
Hi James I do watch America Idol and each time end up sighing more out of awe at the fantastic talents there. I just love Simon Cowell with his scathing censures. Even though I know he is being paid for that but nothing like watching him rude and critical at every bend of tones. We are having our version, Indian Idol here as well. Currently season 4 is running. The country youngsters are raving over it! I love watching anything related to music and dance. I think my inability to reach there makes me more glued. I am intrigued and even vote for my favorites. And James, my friends have no doubts about me and they would tell it blatant. Yes, I just cannot module my voice to the simplest of notes and that's not modesty.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
29 Sep 08
I have to admit that American Idol is one of my favourites and I rarely miss an episode even though it's shown months after the actual event. I too love to hear the talent that is out there and sometimes get goosebumps hearing some of the contestants sing! I also get a kick out of the not so good ones as well though and can;t believe sometimes that these people can wait SO long and then sound so bad! Simon Cowell is very entertaining, I agree. The truth can be refreshing and his humour is wicked. I did try to watch Indian Idol when I lived over there but I couldn't understand any of the music so I didn't stick with it unfortunately. Thanks for responding mimpi and for God's sake, if your singing voice IS bad; when you go on that holiday, SCREAM don't sing OK? We don't want you derailing a train!
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
29 Sep 08
I better not sing James . Thanks for the caution, I could have gotten carried away.. I can understand its difficult for you to relate to Indian Idol but for me its not to get hooked up for American Idol. Even here its aired a week later, I guess. And yes its unbelievable how people can wait just to fumble or just spoil it all! Many here come just to have a TV footage! Will you show up just have the feel of the enthusiasm if its help near your place?
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
30 Sep 08
I might go and watch one of the live shows maybe but I would NEVER have a go at auditioning! Not only am I probably too old now anyways, I would prefer to not get slaughtered by the judges if I can help it!
@Munchkin547 (2779)
29 Sep 08
it never ceases to amaze me on those shows how people who are terrible singers honestly believe that they have a massive talent, people must be telling them they are good, which is a bit mean if they are lying!! I have the most terrible singing voice ever!! I think people would pay me to stop singing it's awful, my family and friends don't lie to me and say i can sing, usually just slap me over the head to shut me up!! lol They aren't mean though, they let me know when i do well at something too!! xxx
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
29 Sep 08
I never stop staring in amazement myself Munchkin! And each year seems to outdo the previous one and more and more wannabe stars with voices like God knows what keep on coming out of the woodwork! It's good for ratings of course so we will continue seeing them for a long time to come. It's a good thing your family can be constructively critical too. Maybe if some of these other people's families could be the same then they never would have made a fool of themselves in the first place! Thanks for responding.
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29 Sep 08
haha maybe if other people's families stopped lying to them though we wouldn't gt the entertainment value!! lol xxx
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
29 Sep 08
Yes, very, very true! I enjoy the auditions just as much as the final 10 shows!
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
29 Sep 08
lol...my family would never tell me that I have a good singing voice. I don't. But I can sing (which most in the family would agree to). I can carry a note and sing well...but I do not have a very good voice. And that is why I believe that I have a voice for classical Indian singing and not really a filmi voice which is more flexible....the kind that is needed for the talent shows. My sister sings well and has a lovely voice too....but she's too shy. So, when we tell her that she can sing and has a great voice, we really mean it. It took us around 4 years of pushing for her to get up on stage in a group....and she pushed herself all the way behind even when the teacher put her right in front of the mike!
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
29 Sep 08
At least having the family NOT openly say you have a good singing voice even though you can actually sing saves you from potential embarrassment! This is the first reference to the opposite end of the spectrum too actually. There are for sure many people like your Sister that CAN truly sing but just don't believe it themselves. We can never underestimate the intricacies of our fellow humankind I guess! lol. Thanks for sharing SViswan and it's ggod to see you around once more! You come and go like the weather it seems!
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
30 Sep 08
I'm very busy....but I can't stay away from this place without logging in once in a couple of days. My family is very honest in their judgements....we have quite a few singers in the family and there's no point telling me that I have a good voice when I don't.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
30 Sep 08
Well if you can't rely on your own family to be truthful, even if the truth DOES sometimes hurt, then who CAN you rely on? Nice to see you anyways, even if it is just every now and then!
• Philippines
29 Sep 08
I have to admit, I can't sing. It's one of my frustrations in life and lucky for me my family do tell me I can't sing. I enjoy those people in AI. haha.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
29 Sep 08
At least you can admit it! There is nothing worse than someone who thinks they can sing when they can't! Thanks for responding.
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• Philippines
29 Sep 08
Yeah, they just get themselves humiliated. Too bad for them.
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@owlwings (39103)
• Cambridge, England
30 Sep 08
That is so sad, divinegwapa! I would like to bet you anything that you believe you can't sing because your family say so! Even my dog could sing! We would say "Sing, Taff!" and sing a note, high or low, and he would copy it. He hated it rather, though. You see, he believed that dogs can't sing ... but he tried for me!
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
30 Sep 08
I enjoy American Idol so much for the great singing talent America has on display. Each season, I also specially enjoy the audition rounds of this competition for all the antics and horrendous singing "talent" (if you can call it that) on show. A few were like circus acts, and this will usually incur the wrath of Simon Cowell. I don't blame him for chastising some of the contestants. They are either very thickskinned, think the world of their singing talent or just there to make a statement. My wife thinks they take part for the publicity only even though they know they sing worse than my grandmother. After all, if a guy like William Hung (Idol season 3) can find fame for not being able to sing, this will encourage other wannabees to give Idol a shot. I can sing somewhat but I am no where close to the top 12. If I ever take part in the Idol contest, I will probably not make it beyond the audition round. But I will definitely not make a fool of myself on national TV.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
30 Sep 08
I don't blame Simon Cowell either! lol. AT least he is one of the judges that is always prepared to tell it how it is! Paula Abdul could hear someone gargle water I think and STILL say they were great! I never cease to be amazed at the new talent that keeps popping up year after year. There are some very gifted people in this world! And yes, William Hung in one sense was so funny and entertaining; but on the flipside, it now means there are all these wannabe Hung's lining up for the same exposure! Thanks for responding lexus and if you ever DO audtion, somewhow met us know it's you! Waer a mylot badge or something with your username on it! lol.
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
30 Sep 08
Auditioning for American Idol  - Look out for me next year when I audition for American Idol Season 9.
Ok, next year when I audition for American Idol, look out for me with the myLot logo and all. I should look something like this. I will be very famous and recognizable, for sure...LOL.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
30 Sep 08
OK. I have added this picture into my mental memory banks and if I see the same setting in future episodes I will immediately know it's you! Thanks for the heads up!
• United States
30 Sep 08
It's funny that I find this discussion! My singing voice isn't much, but i have been told many times that I have a great reading voice. So I have started looking into voice acting. I have always thought it would be cool to do audiobooks. If anyone has any tips please let me know.
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• United States
30 Sep 08
...But I really think that most people should hear a good recording of their own voice before auditioning for anything. Myself included.
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@mands61123 (2099)
30 Sep 08
Mum says i have a nice voice but all mums say that about they're children lol i usually sing when theres no one in or when the music is loud enough the drown me out i have been on the karaoke before and didn't get boo'd opff so i can't be excruciatingly bad but i was drunk so maybe i blocked it out lol my brother in law has a fantastic voice he was once singing while cooking in the kitched and stopped mid way through as he was concentrating and mum said aww turn the radio back on i like that song lmao i know what you mean about the dilusional people tho wow so many so little time!!
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
30 Sep 08
Oh my Mum practically thinks I am a champion at pretty much everything mands so I can relate to this statement big time! lol. Karaoke can be a great place to test the waters with your singing because people are usually very tolerant and understanding if you are nervous and they will rarelt criticize you if you botch it up. Being drunk definitely helps too! Your Brother-in-Laws voice does sound very good too! Thanks for responding mands and keep enjoying all those disillusioned people like I do!
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30 Sep 08
definately they are often the best bit
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@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
29 Sep 08
hehehe i would love to sing James but the song dont like me.well i tried to sing once but they laughed at me coz they said sounds like hungry cat[em].
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
30 Sep 08
A hungry cat? I have heard a hungry cat so it's probably best then that you dance instead bombshell! Thanks for responding.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
30 Sep 08
hehehe cool
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@mojcica (1512)
• Slovenia
29 Sep 08
Oh dear I sound like I broken whistle lol but considering what enters those idol competitions I stand quite a good chane in singing career hehehehe
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
29 Sep 08
Welcome to mylot mojcica! I would have to agree that some of the contestants we see in the auditions could even make an angry cat sound like Madonna in comparison! Thanks for responding.
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@mojcica (1512)
• Slovenia
29 Sep 08
Thanks for the welcome :)
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• United States
29 Sep 08
The bad singers on American talent shows are mostly shills and actors playing a part. I don't have any proof of this except the application of a little common sense. Don't all these shows rehearse? How could these horrible singers hide their lack of talent? I suggest the 'bad singers' are actors proving their talents in hope of a better acting job some day in the future. Why go through this charade? Obviously, the producers of these talent shows have found it increases ratings and audience enjoyment to have a little comic relief in the form of making fun of geeks and dorks.
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• United States
29 Sep 08
BTW: Forgot to comment on my singing voice. If I was on one of those shows, my bad voice would not be an act. I'm a terrible singer.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
29 Sep 08
There is no doubt that many of them are kept in the loop purely for ratings and to up the entertainment factor. But where you really see the bad ones is in the shows where the judges end up touring around the country auditioning people. In these cases there are definitely people looking for their time on camera that KNOW they are really, really bad but there are also a good number of people auditioning that have honestly no idea that they sing terribly! These people can be so funny to watch yet you can't help but feel bad for them as well. And as for you singing RYBD? For some bizarre reason I cannot explain, I think I would definitely pay money to see you have a go, even if you WERE really bad!
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29 Sep 08
well i wouldnt say my singing voice is horrific i mean i have heard a lot worse in my time, i can hold a tune and sing along to most songs but it is not somthing that is worthy of a stage and an audience thats for sure lol i would say its ok but not good, i do however enjoy singing to myself and on a karaoke if i have had a few drinks lol but i would never enter myself into these sorts of shows as my voice is just not that good!
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
29 Sep 08
I like to sing to myself too actually and have been to karaoke once or twice also. Yes, a few drinks under my belt make it FAR easier to get on stage I can tell you! lol. I do get told every now and then that I have a nice voice but I would NEVER put it to the test in a competition or something similar! What matters is that I enjoy it! Thanks for responding.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
30 Sep 08
Yes Irish, the secret has been revealed! And a singing Russian Racehorse?? Now I would pay good money to see THAT!
• Australia
29 Nov 08
Well, an ancient discussion, but what the heck, I'll chime in. I'm one who can claim to actually have a good singing voice. I'd hope so, I got paid for it, not very well lol, for 40 years. If I'd had a taste for pop culture I probably could have earned a good living, but unfortunately for my bank balance I love folk music - traditional and traditional style contemporary. Finger in the ear stuff lol. Funny thing is, a lot of very popular singers also love folk, but had the sense not to tell anybody. Colin Hay, for instance, from Men At Work, is a fine singer of traditional Scottish music. The voice is a genetic gift, for which nobody can really claim kudos - it's what you do with it that counts as worthy (or not) of praise. Lash
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@Annmac (950)
30 Sep 08
My friends and family are very honest about my voice! I start singing and they ALL beg me to stop! I must say that having watched American Idol and all the UK talent shows I at least know I'm not the worst singer in the world! I'd be in the top 20 of them though. I don't know if it's because I had an operation to remove a cyst on my vocal chords or whether I'm tone deaf but I definately can't sing.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
30 Sep 08
Hahaha. Well I guess you have to respect their honesty at least! Being one of the top 20 WORST singers in the world is unique in itself Annmac! Thanks for responding and keep watching those shows for further proof that you aren't the worst!
@candymarie (1368)
• Canada
30 Sep 08
Well, from playing Rockband with my roommates, and after I got a 100% from singing "Dirty Little Secret" by the All American Rejects, And was commented on by my roommate also, I KNOW I have a good singing voice, BUT I know it's more because I'm a good mimic. haha
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
30 Sep 08
I have never had the chance to play this game but it sounds fun! There are people that have made millions from mimicing others so don't dismiss the possibilities here candymarie! Thanks for responding to the discussion.
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@mouse7i7 (39)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I love to sing and anyone I've ever let hear me sing tells me I have a good voice. Even my choir instructor tells me she loves my voice. I don't always think I sing very well but I like to hear from others that I do.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
30 Sep 08
Welcome to mylot, mouse! Yes, it is always a nice feeling when we get compliments on our singing voice! Thanks for responding.
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@savypat (20247)
• United States
30 Sep 08
Mine sounds pretty good to me but the feed back from others says it's not so great, so now I only sing alone. Maybe thats the problem with these shows.
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
30 Sep 08
A lot of us sound good in our own heads savypat! lol. Getting a second and unbiased opinion is always a wise move. I think one of the problems with the bad singers on these shows is that they don't have people around them that are being totally honest! Thanks for responding.
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