Over the last year I have enjoyed watching X-Factor (in its various iterations) and American Idol on YouTube. It is an interesting process watching the various stages of the process. I think that the best part of the show is always the first audition. The story of why the person is there is reveals with a lot of flare and fanfare.
Now, I am not under any illusions about how the producers of shows weave the story lines together to pull at the heart strings. I get it. They are trying to get ratings and maybe sell a few things through advertisement. But, in spite of all of this you can never erase genuine emotion. This is especially true of the young men and women who are just looking for someone (other than their parents) to validate what they may fear is nothing at all. There is something powerful about being affirmed. To be reminded that you are special can change your life.