Saturday, August 25, 2007
U.S. Singers Cannot Compete with VN Singers!
Many people criticized productions in the U.S. for lip-syncing instead of singing live. However some feel that when they pay to go see a show, they want the best sound quality for instant so they don’t mind a pre-recorded show. However the case here is more than just having live performances. It is the argument that many of today’s professional singers in the U.S. cannot compete with singers in Vietnam simply because they cannot sing live.
Recently many singers in the U.S. are going to Vietnam to do shows, and at first the audiences in Vietnam are excited to go see and hear a singer from overseas but after the first show, no more. Only a few veteran singers were able to continue shows after shows. For others, the show’s creators often time have to add in Vietnam singers so that people would attend the show. Some singers from America even requested to have play recordings- lip-syncing basically and it was rejected totally because according to the people in Vietnam it’s not real, not live. The idea of lip-syncing in Vietnam is a no no at all times.
Singers from the U.S. are look down upon in Vietnam because they cannot sing well during live performances. Furthermore people questioned whether many of today’s professionals’ singers could even sing. The U.S. singers on production shows often rely on a good studio recording, special effects, voice enhancement, as well as make up and a good stage to keep the attraction. But in Vietnam when there are no special treatments, no glamorous stage, you have to depend mostly on your voice and stage presentation to carry on a crowd. And in that case U.S. singers cannot compete. I guess U.S. singers are spoiled to all advantages they receive when they signed with a production.
To understand the side to why U.S. singers lip-syncing, we have to think back in the days when there were not many Vietnamese in America. Entertainment at that time was crucial because any kind of communication with people of the same ethnicity were highly valued. Therefore productions’ creators try to create the best, and the most perfect show that throughout the process of time they do more and more cover ups to any flaws leaving behind the kind glamorous fake reality on stage. As a result, singers with a weak voice but good looks tend to slip through and now the trend has become more and more common.
Nevertheless things are changing as we see Paris By Night going live. Will others follow in the footsteps? If so, what are the risks? And lastly with the new demand and spotlight focusing on U.S. singers’ ability to sing, how will the competition change and the standard to become a singer change? Feel free to voice your opinion and share your thoughts on the matter.