I was watching a video today on Facebook of an amazingly talented little 9-year-old girl who was a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent. She was doing some kind of ninja sword martial arts dance that just blew me away, and I couldn’t help but be amazed by her. You could see that all of the judges and the audience felt exactly the same way. Watch the video for yourself…
I absolutely love watching these talent shows, especially when there are children on them. I love seeing them display their skills and then watching them glow when everyone stands up for them, clapping as hard as they can because they were so amazing. I’m a big fan of these shows, although, I wouldn’t say I sit at home, waiting for the moment they come on.
I do have an issue with them, though. One that I hadn’t really thought of until today, as I was watching this little girl. As I said, she was amazing, but the thought popped into my head, “What if she wasn’t?” What if she came on the show, full of pride and feeling wonderful about herself, only for the judges to yawn and say, as Simon often does, “That was horrible!” How crushed would that beautiful little girl have been? And then I got to thinking how these people who are the judges have become the decision makers in telling us what good talent sounds like and looks like. Yes, we usually have our own opinions, and they don’t always line up with the judge’s opinions, but they are the ones judging. Here are the contestants, coming before them thinking that they are so wonderful, and then basing their whole decision on how to feel about themselves based on the judges reactions! I have never been a contestant on these types of shows, merely because I lack the talent to do anything worth judging, I think. But I often feel bad for the ones they show on American Idol’s audition episodes. People all over the world are laughing at them and sitting around the water cooler the next day asking their friends, “Hey, did you hear the one with the crackly voice? Good Lord, she was horrible!”
I understand that they do that to themselves, but it’s because they feel the need to be accepted and told that they did a great job. I understand the need to have a beautiful voice and to want to stand up on that stage and have everyone sigh as you sing. I understand it, because I long for that some days as well. I just wish we didn’t look to others for our approval. I wish that we could all learn that we are all special and that we all have our own talents. That talent may not be singing or performing on stage, but God gave us all a talent that no one else can do like us. Sometimes it’s not glamorous or exciting, but it is always important, because God hand-picked you for it.
In the Bible, it says: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
I’m not against these shows at all, not even now that I have had this thought. They really are entertaining, especially when you see someone who really was blessed with talent! I just wish it was all in fun, and that we didn’t base our feelings about ourselves on how we are received by the judges. Maybe we would be better off if we looked at ourselves through God’s eyes and saw how He saw us! I think we would love ourselves a lot more, and care a little less what the judges thought!