How to Nail Your Talent Show Audition: Tips from Reality TV Coach, Brianna Ruelas

Brianna-RuelasKyle Montplaisir | Talent Recap

Reality TV Music Coach and former American Idol contestant Brianna Ruelas is hosting the first ever Reality Singing Show Summit! The three-day summit breaks down how to make the most of your experience on shows like Idol, The Voice, and America’s Got Talent. But more than anything, she knows the keys to singing show auditions.

We spoke to Brianna to get the top five tips to CRUSH your reality TV show audition. Here’s what she had to say!

Brianna Ruelas shares her top five tips to CRUSH your reality singing show experience!

TIP #5: Know Who You Are As An Artist

If a producer says to you, “Describe your sound”…can you describe it? Can you tell them exactly who you are as an artist? This is a crucial piece to finding success in a singing show audition. The audience needs to be able to picture what your music would sound like beyond the show. Know what you can do best so you can present the best you have to offer. The producers can’t cast you if they’re confused about what you do and where you fit into their show.

TIP #4: Get Coached on Song Choice Before Your Talent Show Audition

If being on the show is important to you, you need to be sure to sing something that highlights your strengths, not your weaknesses. Getting with an expert is the best way to ensure you’re doing just that! Only having maybe a minute to showcase your voice in an audition, song choice is one of the most vital parts. So be sure to choose uptempo, entertaining songs!


TIP #3: Don’t Be A Jerk!

Be grateful, be humble.

Brianna Ruelas

And more than that, you want to show that you’re excited to be there and that you are open to being coached and being part of the process. You have to be confident, but not cocky. It can come across wrong if that’s how you approach it! You want to be easy to work with too. Viewers like watching someone who is genuinely enjoying their experience and learning from it.

TIP #2: Be Compelling, Don’t Be Boring

If your performance isn’t compelling, producers can’t do anything with that! At the end of the day, this is a television show. You can be the best singer, but if you aren’t interesting to watch, you won’t make it on the show. When you’re singing ballads, you have to show emotion. But when you’re singing upbeat songs, you have to let yourself go free and have fun. Don’t just sing the words, connect to the song!


TIP #1: Have A Clear, Concise Story Before Your Talent Show Audition

Most importantly, having a story is key to being successful in your singing show audition. This is more than just a competition, it’s an entertainment television program. In advance, before you go on the show, you have to develop your clear, concise story. It doesn’t have to be a sob story, but you have evolved from where you started to where you are today. Being able to tell that story is the #1 key to getting on the show.

There are hundreds of thousands of really talented singers. What’s going to give you that audition edge is your story.

Brianna Ruelas

Reality Singing Show Summit

And if you want more insight into how you can nail your reality TV singing show experience, register for the Reality Singing Show Summit! From February 24-26, an epic lineup including past contestants from The Voice and American Idol casting producers will give all the tips for being on a reality singing show. And best of all? It’s free! Visit for more information and to register.


Kyle Montplaisir
Kyle Montplaisir

Kyle Montplaisir is a contributor and host at Talent Recap. He is the lead detective for the site on 'The Masked Singer' and an encyclopedia of knowledge on 'The Voice' and 'American Idol'. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Kyle is originally from Arizona, but now lives in Los Angeles. When he isn’t watching talent shows and game shows, Kyle loves eating dessert, singing karaoke, and spending time with his wife, Hannah, and dog, Stella

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