Say 'no' to teenage talent shows

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 February, 2011, 12:00am

Why are young people so obsessed with teenage talent shows? Going on stage and performing seems to be all many teenagers think about. They should be more interested in studying hard for the future and reaching realistic goals.

Every society needs smart people who want to help their country, not only those who are interested in becoming rich and famous.

Teenagers should focus on their school work and other activities rather than thinking about performing or earning money. This attitude will benefit both themselves and their country.

Sonam Chophel Wangchuk, California International School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Sonam. There is a huge number of TV talent shows these days. The popularity of shows like American Idol and America's Got Talent has spread around the world, and almost every nation has its own version of a show that is looking for the next big star.

And yes, many of these potential celebrities are very young - some as young as 16.

Sixteen is an incredibly young age to be thrown into the public eye. Not only do these youngsters have to deal with sudden fame, and all the benefits, they have to be smart enough to know how to deal with the downsides. Growing up is hard enough when you have the support of a close-knit group of friends and family. When everyone is watching everything you do, it's much harder.

But although these shows might give young people false hopes, there is one great thing about them. They encourage teenagers to work hard at non-academic skills, such as music and dance. While it's crucial to focus on your studies, extra-curricular activities are very important, too. They help you to become a more rounded person, and a more open-minded adult.

Karly, Deputy Editor