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:: Spoiler Alert! Do not read this if you haven't seen Season 3 ::
on February 6, 2014
I only watch this show since it's the only one of it's kind. I'd quickly move to another program if one were available.
I have serious issues with the way this season ended. Laura should have been the winner considering the quality of her work throughout the series and the execution of her craft was superior to almost everyone week in and week out. The fact that they allowed Nicole back and then spent each week overtly lauding her work felt unfair and contrived. No doubt she's got some talent, but if they're going to use this '9-ball' rule mechanic then they should stick to their own rules. Laura and the others knocked her out earlier and Laura remained on top for nearly every competition, so if anyone was to take her out it should have been someone like Roy (or another survivor). Where is Laura's second chance to win?? If someone with only half her talent is allowed to return, what about those who consistently score high?
My other issue is that they turned this into a popularity contest by going to an exclusive audience vote. There are so many ways to make the judging more fair (and still include the audience's input) and they completely missed the mark. I can't help but feel that a lot of people scored the creators on their personal looks and/or personality and not on the craft itself. Plus, this isn't American Idol where audio is pretty much equally judged live or on TV. Watching this on TV only gives the audience a tiny sliver of what they're judging. It was a juvenile decision by the show creators to go down this route.
I can only hope that another network creates a better version of this show soon.