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Will New Talent Show ‘Alter Ego’ Return for a Second Season?

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

Alter Ego finaleGreg Gayne/FOX

Alter Ego just finished its first season on FOX. The talent show puts a new twist on the classic singing competition by having contestants perform as digital avatars using motion capture. Dipper Scott (aka Jacob Thomsen) was named the winner of the first season, as judge Will.i.am offered to match the $100,000 prize to pay his medical bills.


The first season featured some seriously talented people and interesting technology, but it was unfortunately bogged down by overcomplicated rules and a panel of judges that didn’t seem to know what they were looking for. This, coupled with the show’s lackluster ratings, means a second season is looking pretty unlikely.

Will ‘Alter Ego’ Return for Season 2?

Alter Ego debuted in September to just under 3 million viewers, and the ratings never got higher than that this season. At its lowest point, the show attracted 1.741 million viewers. Compare that to its lead-in The Masked Singer, which has stayed at over 4 million viewers for most of the current season.

People don’t seem to be hanging around after The Masked Singer ends each Wednesday. They also don’t seem to be particularly engaged with Alter Ego on social media. The show has 18,000 followers on Twitter compared to The Masked Singer‘s 327,000. This season’s winner Jake Thomsen, meanwhile, still has fewer than 4,000 followers on Instagram.


The show also isn’t a hit on IMDb, where it has a score of 3.9 out of 10. In the reviews, some viewers have problems with how the avatars look, while others find the show’s premise of boosting singers’ confidence by covering them up to be problematic. “I would have preferred to watch the actual singers overcome their anxiety in a healthy way,” wrote one reviewer.

It doesn’t help that the show had some pretty complicated rules for who moves on each week. Between the diamond, the audience vote, the judges’ save, and the audience tie-breaker, there were too many methods of save and elimination, and they changed from week to week. At the end of the season, the audience didn’t even have a say in who won the show despite making decisions throughout the competition.

SEE ALSO: MEET THE JUDGES OF FOX’S NEW SINGING SHOW ‘ALTER EGO’


If the Show Does Return, What Should Change?

Considering the judging panel has some pretty big names, there’s always chance Alter Ego will return for a second season. If it does, it needs to make some changes to clean up the concept.

First, the judges need to have a much clearer idea of what they want, aside from saying they’re looking for the “next generation digital superstar” every five minutes. What does that entail? Is a unique avatar more important than a technically good singing voice? Why would judge Nick Lachey call Seven’s finale performance “perfect,” but then vote for Dipper Scott as the winner?

One thing that could help make things clearer is if the judges scored the contestants on a few different criteria, such as vocal performance, stage presence, and use of the motion capture technology. They should also probably do away with the diamond, because it just makes things too complicated.

What did you think about the first season of Alter Ego? Would you watch another season? Let us know in the comments.

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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Daniel
1 month ago

Love the show. I recorded all episodess and have rewatched all episodes at least a dozen times. If it were on TV every day I’d watch it over any other show even The Voice. I suggest increasing each competitor’s performances and adjust rules of eliminations so amazing vocalists don’t get eliminated prematurely. I think the diamond adds entertainment value (suspense). Also I suggest airing it on same time slot as Masked Singer but different day. Younger people are primary users of Instagram and TikTok and Internet fans in general and the 8-9 time slot would yield a bigger audience. AE… Read more »

Daniel
Daniel
1 month ago

This viewer stumbled on to the show simply because I recorded Masked Singer (which I have stopped watching because it’s more about the judges guessing the singer’s identity then the singing and after Honey Booboo I couldn’t take it anymore). The recording picked up Ep 1 of Alter Ego. It fascinated me After watching it I was hooked. If it hadn’t been for that fortuitous moment I might not have become a fan of Alter Ego. I love the show as it is but hen I’m open minded and a a bit of a nerd. A mix of all 4… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

I see a lot of parental in this premise. Motion capture technology to make virtual music singer/musicians sounds pretty cool. But I do believe that the show needs to make some chances if they want to make it as big as the masked singer.

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