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Competitive singing shows are coming back but it's time to face the music

The big-budget return of American Idol has led to a rush of similar shows in its wake, but the genre is less relevant than ever

The world needs another televised singing competition like it needs a hole in the head. Life is finite and, in the entire history of the universe, nobody’s dying regret has ever been: “You know, I wish I got to see more bratty stage school kids perform Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog in the style of a drowning theremin.”

For a while there, it looked like television understood this. American Idol, the genre’s Night King, stumbled to a listless shrug of a conclusion last April as some anonymous idiot was crowned before an audience barely a quarter the size of the show at its peak.

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