Talent Competition Shows of 2018
2017 was a great year for talent competitions, from Darci Lynne to Rak-Su to Chloe Kohanski. Could 2018 possibly top it? Here are all the talent shows 2018 coming your way.
The Four: Battle for Stardom
Starts: January 4
Judges: Diddy, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Walk
Why you should watch: The show claims to flip the usual format, starting with four “finalists” who must withstand challenges from other singers, who are not yet known to us. The initial four are already intriguing; the mix of judges’ personalities and the early promos have led to speculation that it will all be a fantastic train wreck. In fact, the producers already goofed by accidentally revealing the first finalist to be eliminated. No matter how good or bad the performers, The Four will certainly be entertaining.
Official site: www.fox.com/the-four
Starts: February 28
Coaches: Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson
Host: Carson Daly
Why you should watch: Miley and J-Hud will take a break, allowing Alicia back into the big red chair. You may recall she coached Chris Blue to victory in Season 12. She’ll be joined by the woman who started it all, American Idol‘s first-ever winner. On the line: Blake’s incredible record — he has had a winner or runner-up in every season but one (Season 5). While still strong, the number of viewers has declined three straight seasons. Will this be the year The Voice finally starts to sink? Or will Kelly’s presence, and renewed interest from Chloe Kohanksi’s recent win, give the show new life?
Official site: www.nbc.com/the-voice
Judges: Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Ritchie
Host: Ryan Seacrest
Why you should watch: The show is back from the dead! Canceled by Fox after 15 hugely successful seasons, Idol finds a new home on ABC. The judges are all first-timers, so we have no idea what kind of rapport they’ll have. Most importantly: Who will be the “Simon” of the group? Surely Katy’s too nice, Lionel’s too cool, and Luke’s too polite. In fact, it may be a love-fest of the sort seen on The Voice. Will this version of Idol continue the show’s record-breaking run? Or did Fox cancel it for a reason?
Official site: abc.go.com/shows/american-idol
Britain’s Got Talent
Network: ITV (United Kingdom)
Judges: Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon
Host: Ant & Dec
Why you should watch: If you’re a fan of America’s Got Talent and have access to international content, you should definitely check out the British version, which actually came first. Past winners include a gymnastic troupe, two theater groups, a magician, and two dog acts. If you don’t have access, Talent Recap has you covered.
Official site: www.itv.com/britainsgottalent
America’s Got Talent
Judges: Simon Cowell, Mel B, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum
Host: Tyra Banks
Why you should watch: Simon Cowell, for one thing. If you became addicted to “Mr. Nasty” during his Idol days but aren’t able to watch him on BGT or The X Factor, this is your one chance for a fix in 2018. AGT is about far more than solo singers; its winners include three (!) ventriloquists, three kids, and trained dogs. These and other novelty acts give an energy and sense of fun to these shows that “cool” shows like The Four lack (and yes I know that series hasn’t even premiered yet). Who knows what sort of wackiness awaits us this season?
Official site: www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent
The X Factor
Network: ITV (United Kingdom)
Judges: Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, Cheryl
Host: Dermot O’Leary
Why you should watch: Another show that focuses on general talent rather than vocal performance, which is how you get surreal contestants like Tape Face. The line-up of judges looks to remain the same, except for Cheryl (who has judged before) taking the place of Nicole Sherzinger, who had hinted she wanted out. Last season featured a thrilling finale, with sensational singer Grace Davies and fan-favorite Kevin Davy White just barely losing to high-energy hip hop group Rak-Su. This season may deliver even more excitement.
Official site: www.itv.com/xfactor
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