As American Idol Ends, a Look at Why We Love Singing Competitions

This singer says it democratizes the process of becoming famous.

By Joy DiazApril 7, 2016 1:01 pm,

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 14 years since Fort Worth’s own Kelly Clarkson won the first season of American Idol.

This year’s finale began yesterday and continues this evening. Sunnyvale’s Dalton Rapattoni was among the three finalists but was voted off last night. After American Idol, Kelly Clarkson built a successful career for herself. But, do you remember any of the other winners?

Austin-based musician Nakia Reynoso joined the Standard to talk about the aftermath of these singing competitions. He gained fame after competing in The Voice. He says that a big appeal of these shows is the opportunity to be able to put yourself out there in front of such a large audience.

“I think that for The Voice especially, being able to work with the coaches is a big plus, but its hard to discount the fact that The Voice and American Idol both have millions of people watching all over the world. Especially now that the internet has hit and they’re utilizing social media so much.”

What you’ll hear in this interview:

– What happens after you win
– The setbacks of appearing on a voice talent show
– What shows like this say about society