When was the last time you went to an open mic and spent the evening watching glammed-up young things giving their all to a Whitney Houston backing track? I'm not talking about karaoke evenings here, just regular pub open mics. Probably not very often. Or never. It's much more likely that, as an open mic devotee, you'll have sat through rambling ten-minute original composition after self-indulgent fifteen-minute original composition, wondering why on earth you do it to yourself, but nevertheless turning up again the following week for more of the same. Given that that is the nature of yer average open mic, why does a national competition aimed at seeking out the best open mic participants (a) seem to be solely seeking out glammed-up young things giving their all to a Whitney Houston (or similar) backing track, and (b) have people in the audience asking why 'people at these things insist on singing original material'? Seems to me that neither the judges nor those in the audience asking this question have ever been near an authentic open mic in their lives. The other thing about 'why people insist on singing original material' is that they are singer-songwriters, not singers. Singer-songwriters sing original material! It's like asking why a trapeze artist doesn't do tricks with chimps instead because it might be a bit more popular. There, I've had my say! :)
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