The Show returns

I haven’t written about The Show all year. I’ve been watching all along, but honestly, I’m not sure there’s anyone in this crew I’m going to remember three weeks after the season ends.

That’s not quite as much of a knock as it sounds. These musicians are — as the judges keep reminding us over and over and over again — exceptionally talented. The other night, for example, almost all of the women got through a Whitney Houston night in one piece, which is a nearly impossible accomplishment. And the poor woman who was sentenced to singing I Will Always Love You didn’t blow that impossible-to-cover song. In fact, she knocked it out of the park.

And I didn’t care very much because I had heard it all before.

To me, this group lacks musical originality and its members don’t seem very capable of transcending the covers they’re singing. Now, there are still plenty of weeks left in this season and there always are a few people who grow tremendously during their time on the show, so there might yet be something here that piques my interest. But I am not holding my breath.

I’ll just accept The Show for what it appears to be this year — a somewhat fun/dramatic, but ultimately disposable, game show.

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