Springboard or Crisis? The 'Talent Show Experience'

August 1, 2014 6:49 PM

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Talent shows are much in Australia's news at present, after a 12-year-old girl was shown bursting into tears on "The Voice Kids," when she was not selected by any of the judges. Romy may be the most visible example of the traumatic experience we can inflict by pushing young people too far, too fast, and too publicly; however, she's not alone.

The International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television -- with the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia (LfM) -- recently undertook the first comprehensive study of how talent show participants view their past involvement with a show, and everything that followed. It found tha...

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