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The Reality of Art: Reality TV and the Arts

The television is littered with shows that are meant to entertain, inspire, enlighten, anger, and uplift. You can turn the TV on without tuning into a drama, comedy, ‘dramedy’, do-it-yourself shows, documentaries, and reality TV shows.

The reality TV show has come a long way from Cops and other investigation type shows. Nowadays, you can watch people race around the world, bake cakes, bust myths, catch fish, survive in the wild, sing, act, juggle chainsaws, and dance.

realitytvBelieve it or not, the talent show has become the most popular reality show. What used to be a sad and silly school event that left many embarrassed and others triumphant, is now a multi-million dollar business- no business like show business.

If you love the art of dance, you need to tune into such reality shows as: Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and Dance You’re A$$ Off where contestants audition for a place in the big show where they can showcase their dancing talent in front of millions of viewers.

If music is more your art of choice, you have to tune in, literally, and watch; American Idol. American Idol is one of the most watched shows of all time, racking in millions of viewers every show, especially the results show. American Idol has birthed such successful musical artists as: Adam Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, and David Archuleta.

If you love visual and musical arts in general, you absolutely must set your DVR to record America’s Got Talent, or Britain’s Got Talent. These shows are national talent shows that seek out the most talented of people. Viewers watch, enjoy or cringe, and they get to choose which contestant they want to win.

The arts of music and dance have taken a new turn- from live on stage to live on TV, but the enjoyment of each is still the same.