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‘Alter Ego’ on Fox: Holographic pop-star ‘Idol’ that reads flat

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“I’m not ready to be a human pop star,” a contestant on Fox’s new show “Alter Ego” told us. “I want to be a digital pop star.”

In short it offers the “alter ego”. We meet aspiring singers, talking like ourselves, because they design digital avatars that integrate with their bodies and voices. Then, out of human sight, the projected shelf performs the cover of a pop song. These assumptions do things that human competitors literally can’t do – set themselves on fire, or move their tattoos around their bodies – and something they can’t even imagine. A good number of the five vocalists in the premiere episode express a kind of insecurity or concern when it comes to taking the stage like themselves: a computer-generated projection allows their pop stars to make their dreams come true.

The results are mixed. Why we don’t have real insight, exactly why, the contestants chose the particular person they chose and what we got is not really nutritious. When Judge Alanis Morrison performed a singer named Misty Rose and asked why it was her stage name, we were told that Misty had her cat’s name and many layers of roses. And why they are performing in digital disguise is simultaneously reduced and over-tested: singers are insecure, for one reason or another, which judges will investigate for some time. The concept of this new technology is as interesting as it gets and can’t stand.

Wise: A gentleman says he feels uncertain on stage because he is not “handsome and great.” The judges reassure him that he really is, which is well-established, kind and very late- “Idol” inspirational vein. But “alter ego” considers technology as a bridge and allows people to perform as they please, which is something less than what we are told to watch for an hour. The show eliminates the possibility that the idea it introduced – character acting – has its own merits.

This tendency is most pronounced when a woman who complains that she has been misunderstood as a “deep voice” gets a chance to act as a gender-inconsistent person named Seven. “I didn’t know where I fit in because I wasn’t,” he said, adding that his digital shelf “doesn’t meet expectations.” After Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” performance of Seven, Judge William commented that “he brought the seven and the depth to a completely different level.” There was a brief debate between the judges over the gender of the “real” seven, with Morrison commenting, “She’s a woman! But I love that we can’t say” because Nick Lache looks surprised and confused.

The person in the instrument believed that they were going beyond the conversation about gender and who they were actually looking for; Pulling the judges ’penis back seems small, and mean, and although there’s nothing to say about the technology being used on the show, it’s nice but weird without it. Typically, the judges have a problem for this show: Morrison, Lache, and host Rossi Diaz seem to be generously isolated, while William and Grimes are enthusiastic in a bright, exaggerated way. It is understandable: in the last days of the Black Eyed Peas, Will.IM adopted a kind of inconsistent futurism. And Grimes, an exciting recording artist who may become more known for his provocative public speaking, is flattened and created by the show’s format. In a few moments to address the contestants, he asked, “What can you be that can’t be your human self?”

If the show was really interested in that question, it could have allowed Seven to act like himself without immediately suing the gender question. It may also be somewhat visually imaginative: I’m shocked that the recent body-prayer lipper was shown flying in the air at the award-show performance of “Leviting” when an “alter ego” contestant remained around the world to sing the same song. A show where the contestants make us happy when they can do something.

We probably want to be fascinated by the sheer truth of the existence of “altered ego”. But the idea is not new: from holographic pop star-Japanese “vocaloid” superstar Hatsun Miko to the animated Damon Alburn Project Gorillaz to Miley Cyrus “Black Mirror” real-world guessing of dead recording artists আমাদের for a while now, in turn, , And fear of a strange valley. Their basic appeal is the literal work of a pop star, which will show us a direction even as we know them as “real”, whoever they are, under art and on machine. There is a huge embarrassment in completely eliminating the human factor, an embarrassment that doesn’t seem to be interested in exploring the “alter ego”.

“Alter Ego” tries to do this both ways – introducing our underlying terms to those who insist on their best understanding through their music, and sharing that personal backstory makes it impossible for us to see them the way they want to. As can be seen, it puts forward an impressive, bizarre idea that is moving closer to its mainstream from the edge of pop and saying that the only reason to go behind it is to hide from yourself. Encouraging the contestants to keep their spirits open even if they are not obvious but the show remembers nothing more than the first days of “American Idol”. And there’s nothing sophisticated about it.

“Alter Ego” premiered on Wednesday, September 22 at midnight on Fox.

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