In modern times, talent shows have become a prominent genre of reality television, such as master chef, Got Talent and idol, which are significant in catapulting some amateur artists to recognition, and commercially triumphant careers. These Talent Show embraces spectacle, surprise, passion, magnificence and commitment of the participants and people around them. Each show has a theme and each one of them is surprising. The participants perform various talents of dancing, acrobatics, singing, acting, martial arts, drumming or other activities to showcase their skills. So here is the list of top ten talent shows that people have enjoyed watching across the globe.
10. The Apprentice
The Apprentice is an American reality show. It was created by Mark Burnett and is hosted by Donald Trump, a businessman and known personality. There are sixteen to eighteen contestants who are expected to run one of the companies of Trump. The worst performer is eliminated in each episode by Trump saying, “You’re fired”. The contestants compete against each other for prize money of 2, 50,000 dollars. Since 2004, 13 seasons of the series have come up and one season as Celebrity Apprentice was also aired.
9. Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars is based on the British reality show Strictly Come Dancing. In the show, every celebrity is paired up with a professional dancer or choreographer. The couples then perform and compete against each other every week. The pair getting the lowest marks given by the judges combined with the votes of audience is eliminated each week and in the finale the last two or three pair remains. Contestants include top actors, models, comedians, sportsperson and astronauts. For all the sixteen seasons that have been aired, Tom Bergeron was the host and the judge’s panel includes Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman and Ann Inaba.
8. Fear Factor
US based sports stunt reality show, Fear Factor is famous worldwide. The Dutch version of it was called Neverland or Now. However, the Americans changed the name to fear factor after adapting it in 2001. The show earlier had three men and three women competing against each other to win the cash prize of 50,000 dollars. Now, the format has changed to four teams with two people each with a pre existing relationship. It was produced by Matt Kunitz and David A. Hurwitz, directed by J. Rupert Thompson and hosted by Joe Rogan, a UFC commentator. In each episode, participants are given a stunt to perform and if they fail to do so, they are straight away eliminated. The stunts are performed under the guidance of Hollywood stunt coordinators. Winner is the final person who manages to do all the stunts successfully.
7. Who wants to be a millionaire?
Who wants to be a millionaire is one of the most highly ranked and internationally watched talent show. It caters to all the age groups, from young to adults and is spread over 100 countries worldwide. The show is franchise of a British reality series created by David Briggs, Steven Knight and Mike Whitehill in 1998. The original British version was started in 1998 with Chris Tarrant as its host. Because of the large TRP and viewership, Sony Pictures Entertainment purchased 2waytraffic for £137.5m and is currently owned by it. The game offers large cash prizes for correctly answering the question. The game has 15-20 multiple choice questions and with each questions the prize money and the difficulty increases. It also gives lifelines to contestants where the question can be changed or guidance of audience can be taken. Also, before every question the contestant has the choice to attempt the answer or not. The highest cash prize is one million pounds in the British version. However, all versions usually offers one million units as per their local currency as the cash prize.
6. So You Think You Can Dance
So you think you can dance is an American dance competition show. Started in 2005, the show was created by the producers of American Idol, Simon Fuller and 19 Entertainment. The auditions take place in different cities and are a platform where dancers can showcase their dancing talent. Variety of dance styles like contemporary, pasha doable, jazz, salsa, hip hop, street are performed by the contestants throughout the show. The first round is the audition round after which the selected contestants are taught different styles to test their ability to learn different styles. Few are eliminated in this round and the selected ones become the finalists who compete against each other by giving solo, group or duet performances. The winner is determined by compiling the votes of the audience as well as comments and inputs of the judges. The winner is entitled to a cash price as well as the title of America’s Favorite Dancer. Each season of the series runs for approximately 10-12 weeks. The show has won many awards for choreography and in total nine Emmy Awards.
5. America’s Got Talent
America has got talent is an American reality show which is a part of British Got Talent franchise. Singers, dancers, comedians, magicians and other creative talents from all over the country compete for a $1 million cash prize. The show promotes young and unrecognized talents across the country. It was started in 2006 and since then it has been attracting more than 10 million viewers. The series celebrates the American spirit in a true sense by featuring a colorful range of hopeful stars, including singers, dancers, contortionists, impressionists, magicians and comedians. The auditions are held in different cities nationally in front of four celebrity judges.
The X-Factor originated from the X-Factor franchise is a British music competition. The show was started by Simon Cowell in 2004 who was a judge of Pop Idol earlier. The show surpassed the viewership of Pop Idol later. The show has various stages from auditions to boot camps and finally to judges houses’. The finalists are trained accordingly by the judges for live performances. On the basis of performances, the audience vote for their favorite contestant and choose a winner. The judges on the show were Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue.
Master-chef is a cooking show, originated in United Kingdom in 1990. The show was created by Franc Roddam and was later produced in more than 30 countries with the same format, name and logo. The show also had different versions like for celebrities, kids and professionals. Master Chef is one of the most watched television shows in Australia as well as in India. Master Chef Australia has also won the title of “Most Popular Reality Program” in 2010 and was the third most watched reality show in the Australian television history. In the show, the contestants are eliminated on the basis of dish prepared by them every week.
2. American Idol
One of the most impactful and successful shows in the history of television, American Idol is a singing competition based in America. The show was started in 2002 by Simon Fuller and was produced by 19 Entertainment. It is based on the format of British talent show, Pop Idol. The concept is to find the best playback singer through audience votes and judge’s critics. The winner of the show is determined by the votes of the audience either through telephone, online voting or via SMS. The show is hosted by Ruan Seacrest and is judged by Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, Maria Carey and Nicki Minaj. American Idol had been ranked number one for eight consecutive years.
1. America’s Next Top Model
America’s Next Top Model is a talent based show which is originally aired on UPN. It is one of the highest rated programs on UPN and one advertisement cost around $61,315 per 30-seconds, highest amongst all the TV series. It is platform for young women who want to begin their career in the modeling industry. Several women compete against each other to win the title of America’s Next Top Model. The judge’s panel consists of Janice Dickinson, Banks, Beau Quillian and Kimora Lee Simmons. Later, in the nineteenth cycle, Kelly Cutrone, and Rob Evans also joined the show as judges. Each season has about 12-14 contestants with a total of 9-13 episodes. After completion of nineteen seasons, the show has come up with a twist in the 20th season where both men and women are competing against each other.