Back from work , I entered the living room and something going on in the TV caught my attention , I saw a panel of 3 judges , who where harassing a potential singer , one of the judges a lady who I don’t think can read musical notes and has released a couple of albums , under the platform of her elder-brother’s record label , she said and I quote ” hey babe hit me up “, “take me there” “lets go there ” and immediately this young lady started doing her own kind of justice to Celine Dion’s hit track , “that’s the way it is ” .Alas the second Judge who is a professional DJ , popular not a very good singer but at least thriving well in the Nigeria musical industry said ” hey girl any student ironing in the secondary school dormitory can equally do that song the way you just did it ” pick up another form next year ” my jaw dropped and I swallowed a lump in my throat. I saw the expression of disappointment on this young lady’s face as she quietly walked away.
I wish I could run after her , though I was watching it all from home and tell her yes she can if only she can put more effort ,I wish I could give her a pat in the back and tell her thanks for coming you did well but work harder to be chosen next time . I stayed glued to this talent hunt show and people kept coming in, even handicapped , some did well enough , some did very badly and I marvelled, how on earth! will people like this think they can sing , I think am thinking loudly but the truth is People or private bodies or Organizations put up adverts for REALITY TV SHOWS , there are so many of them now, in music , acting , style , fashion the list is endless . The bulk of the people who pick up these forms are the youths , students ,who knows where they might have gotten the money from , but alas some of them don’t get past the auditions , after thinking of the mouth watering rewards/ gifts associated with the shows .
I remember I also once nursed the ambition of participating in a reality TV programme , AMBO to be precise , I loved acting , but one thing led to another events unfold and I found out I needn’t show up in a reality tv show before I can discover myself or make it . very well so many stars like OMAWUNMI , DARE ART ALADE , TIMI , and some others have been discovered.
But one thing that makes me sick is the JUDGES , yes its OK to criticise but it has to be constructively , I know a lot of people are not competent or good enough , but all they need is encouragement , I know it could be annoying to see people who are really really bad , but for the sake of showing up , picking up the form , they could still be treated better , these Judges started from somewhere , they got picked up from NOTHING TO SOMETHING , they need to treat participants RIGHT , Imagine if they say this ;
” am so sorry you didn’t sing very well but you can either start by going for a voice training , you can enrol in a music school , and you can even see me later to give you tips that can help you in your career , I believe you can if you think you can , ”
This is not a bad thing to say to anyone even if the person is TAGGED worse , the reason why they are JUDGES apart from screening out to pick the best is also to encourage people as ROLE MODELS , if they have been considered FIT out of a host of others as PROS , then they should show good leadership skills , they should encourage upcoming people /youths , if they were not called they wont come .Yes I BLAME people who are actually not good or fit for these shows but pick up forms , show up for auditions and bad enough the auditions are broadcasted , but on a second thought who/what could have been the driving force behind them picking up the forms , maybe they think they are good in their own way , really I don’t know .
But what I know is everyone of us should think about what we can do to make someone’s life better , so many of us are busy trying to get breakthroughs , but we are neglecting our neighbours . If you are nursing an ambition and you think you can , what you need to do is to work on yourself , even if the skills you are eyeing is not INBORN it can be LEARNT , there is NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE with GOD , You can do ALMOST ANYTHING , and that is what God says provided he gives you the will he can make the way ,So next time you show up in-front of intimidating JUDGES to prove your worth don’t let them discourage you or make you feel you CANT. if you get kicked out , pick yourself up and dust yourself and you might do beautifully again .
You will succeed
Love you Loads