‘Alter Ego’ on Fox Is a Holographic Pop-Star ‘Idol’ That Falls Flat: TV Review

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‘Alter Ego’ on Fox Is a Holographic Pop-Star ‘Idol’ That Falls Flat: TV Review
“I’m not ready to be a human pop star,” a contestant on Fox’s new show “Alter Ego” tells us. “I want to be a digital pop star.”

That’s the “Alter Ego” proposition in a nutshell. We meet aspirant singers, speaking as themselves, as they design digital avatars synced to their body and voice. Then, with the human out of sight, the projected self performs a cover of a pop song. These projections do things that the human competitors literally cannot — set themselves on fire, or move their tattoos around their bodies — and things that they simply cannot imagine. A good number of the premiere episode’s five vocalists express some sort of insecurity or anxiety when it comes to taking the stage as themselves: A computer-generated projection allows them to make pop star dreams a reality.

The results are mixed. We lack real insight into why, exactly,
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