It’s almost impossible to turn on a television these days and not find a reality television program of some sort. Ever since the great Writer’s Strike of 2007, so-called “unscripted” television has taken over, and it isn’t showing any sign of stopping. One of the many popular genres in the field is the singing competition show. These are programs made to challenge people’s skills at singing by diving into numerous styles and genres of music with the winner often taking home a ton of cash, recognition in the industry, and sometimes, a record contract.
Competition shows have been around forever with talent searching platforms like Star Search often focusing on music. While that show is certainly legendary, it wasn’t 100% about the music, which is why this list is focused on only those competitive shows that center entirely on singing. Shows like American Idol and The Voice are obvious contenders, but there are other more amazing series out there you may not have seen!
There truly are tons of examples of this genre, many from the UK, but not all singing competition shows are as good as the tracks they produce. There’s so much to choose from, but there are a few series that are considerably better than others thanks to the intense competition found in each episode. This list highlights the very best reality TV shows in the singing competition genre so don't forget to vote up your favorites.
Premiered: April 26, 2011
The Four: Battle for StardomFergie, Sean Combs
Premiered: January 2, 2019
CMT's Next SuperstarThea Andrews
Premiered: June 11, 2002
Premiered: May 28, 2019
Premiered: September 16, 2020
Rising StarKesha, Brad Paisley
High School Musical: Get in the PictureVanessa Hudgens, Madeline Carroll
Premiered: October 9, 2019
Over the RainbowStephanie Davis
Puttin' on the HitsAllen Fawcett
Don't Stop BelievingEmma Bunton, Anastacia
FameDebbie Allen, Shannon Bex
Rock the CradleChloe Rose Lattanzi, Lucy Walsh