Last night I got sucked in to watching The Voice Kids for the first time. I don't really watch reality TV (apart from The Block) but it was after the first day back at school and I felt the need to be a bit of a zombie brain and the options were slim.
For those who don't watch it either, they were starting to cut down the contestants after the inital choosing. The kids get put in a group of three, sing a song together and then one person gets selected to go through to the next level.
It was one of the most heart warming things I've ever seen. Those kids, as young as 8 or 9, were so gracious in defeat, so supportive of each other, people they had only spent time with for a week or so. The looks on the faces of the kids who didn't get through to the next round as the name of the person who was going through was amazing. Excitement, hands on faces as they jumped for joy, cheering for their mate. Seriously. I spent half of the show with tears running down my face out of sheer amazement of how beautiful it was.
It is such a change from the usual reality TV we see. Shows where the contestants are bitchy, conniving, false friends, whinging. Shows that families watch together. Shows that kids see. What kind of example are we setting for the next generation when this is the behaviour they see from real people on TV?
Sure, there are exceptions. The Block has been one of them for me. The series that I have watched (only two of them) have been filled with laughter, support and minimal bitchiness. But I'm a bit nervous about where things are going to go this series with the contestants judging each other. That just has potential for disaster, as proven by other shows such as My Kitchen Rules. Some people may think this is good watching and obviously with all the ratings these shows get, this is a lot of people, but really, is this the kind behaviour we want to promote?
These kids on The Voice are putting us adults to shame. And good on them.