Massively successful but it hard to ignore both the cynically business-like and Saturday-night-karaoke aspects of it
With so many reality shows around, finding a new idea is not that easy especially one that works (Celebrity Wrestling and Love Island are evidence of that) so in fairness the idea of staging a big karaoke contest with the winners getting a shot at the big time is actually quite a good one; certainly from a financial point of view for those behind it! Also in terms of ratings, viewers seem to get into the idea of following the people from the early ambitions, through the contest itself and then into the preparation stages before releasing their first record.
Personally I found it to be a bit trashy and, as someone who doesn't like karaoke, it wasn't to my taste but that doesn't mean that it wasn't well done, because it was. It did surprise me that it was so successful, mainly because it is clearly very cynical in how easy it assumes it is to manufacture a band and produce something that has an immediate fan base of screaming girls rather than letting it build up. Of course this has always happened but to see it happen in front of the public made me wonder would it cause people to reject it and not allow themselves to be manipulated so. Of course, as we've seen, this is not the case, as the band was produced from the very start, right up to the last live show where the British public sat with baited breath to find out that they had managed to get the groups' single to enter at #1. Of course it is easy to feel good when you see the young dreamers of Hear'Say jumping in glee, as opposed to the real winners of the production company of the show and the band. However this is me being cynical and cynics are not really welcomed into the show because they don't buy into the spirit of the competition. Personally I tuned out after the "look how bad these guys are" audition episodes because at least those were funny if a bit cruel.
Overall, years later and Hear'Say are long dead with only Mylene Klass keeping a career in the public eye going well, while Liberty X are surely close to being dropped for good and we see that you can't manufacture longevity. However the show did manage to win over the public, draw them into a product that they supposedly formed and then but that very same product in mass amounts paying for it at every step. A cold and cynical show but one that seems to make money in vast amounts while also pleasing the public; personally count me out but you can't deny that it has been massively successful.
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