5 of the World’s Best TV Talent Shows

Pop charts have never been as exciting as they are today. Thanks to TV talent shows we get to uncover hidden talent every week and vote our favourites into the spotlight. Superstars such as Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke and Cheryl Cole all started out singing for votes on our TV screens.

But it is not just in Britain that the TV talent sensation has caught on. Across the globe it is now possible to go from a checkout girl to a pop sensation overnight without having to impress fat cat record label executives. All you need is the talent.

Here are some of the best and most interesting TV talent shows from around the world:

The X Factor UK

One of the biggest and most-watched TV talent shows in the UK, The X Factor is currently in its ninth season. The show has attracted big name judges such as Take That’s Gary Barlow and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. Of course the real measure of a show’s success is in the stars it has created; for The X Factor these include Little Mix, Alexandra Burke and Leona Lewis, who went on to top the charts in 34 countries, including the UK and USA.

India’s Got Talent

The first large-scale variety talent show of its kind in Asia, India’s Got Talent travels around the country looking for the most unusual and spectacular acts to put before the public. As well as singers and musicians the show has featured acrobats, dancers, jugglers, puppeteers and comedians. The first season winners, The Prince Dance Group were given an extra surprise by the Indian government, which awarded them land and money to set up a dance academy of their own.


American Idol

American Idol consistently performs well in the prime-time viewer ratings. Several talented acts have wowed the public on the Idol stage including top-selling artists like Kelly Clarkson. Her hit single Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) is the best-selling Idol single of all time. But, possibly the show’s biggest success is country singer Carrie Underwood. Since graduating from American Idol she has enjoyed huge success including winning several Grammy Awards. Recent judges have avoided adopting the villain persona in favour of a more encouraging honesty and the talent continues to seek their time in the spotlight.

Wherever you are in the world, if you have a talent, TV gives you the opportunity to show it off, and before you know it you could be the next superstar making headlines.

Deutschland Sucht den Superstar

Literally translating to ‘Germany seeks a superstar’ and known commonly as DSDS, this version of the international Pop Idol franchise sees singers battle it out for the public vote. Across it’s ten seasons the show has become one of the most watched on German television, creating chart sensations who have gone on to sell millions of records. This year show producers announced the production of an exciting new version of the show; DSDS Kids, looking for stars between the ages of 4 to 14.

America’s Next Top Model

America’s Next Top Model showcases the next top beauties in the fashion world with great success. The show takes a group of everyday young woman, sets them up in a house and, through mentoring, transforms them into top models. Participants are set tasks and compete to survive for another week, keeping their eyes on the prize – a modelling contract. Their every move is scrutinized as the cameras follow the contestants on their journey and they face comments from a panel of judges. It makes compelling viewing.

Wherever you are in the world, if you have a talent, TV gives you the opportunity to show it off, and before you know it you could be the next superstar making headlines.

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Author Bio: Mel is a blogger and huge music fan. You can visit her travel and food blog over at www.travelrelish.co.uk

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