Fifth Harmony Demonstrates Everything That's Wrong With TV Singing Competitions

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Fifth Harmony
Fifth Harmony is a girl group from Texas who finished third in Fox's second season of the imported British talent show The X Factor. All five people in the girl group are pretty in a still-relatable sort of way, and all five people in the girl group do the wavy arm gestures expected of our pop stars today (including the emotional fist bundle and that hand-fan thing that Mariah Carey does all the time). They can all clearly sing and some of them have upsetting back-stories, which, frankly, makes them an X Factor dream come true.

Fifth Harmony this week released its debut video, for a track called "Miss Movin' On." This is what it looks and sounds like:



"Miss Movin' On" is an age-appropriate, angry-but-optimistic pop song. It's got a feisty edge, but not so much as to actually make it stand out. It's catchy, but not so much that you can distinguish it from any number of other pop songs that we've heard so far this year. If you heard it on the radio, not only would you not recognize that it's sung by more than one vocalist, you would also assume it was Selena Gomez. Or Taylor Swift -- because the chorus of "Miss Movin' On" bears a striking resemblance to "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."

We don't blame anyone in Fifth Harmony for any of this, because teenagers now frequently think that going through a TV show is the only way to have a music career. Of course, the second these girls got accepted onto one, their free will was no more. When you come from a talent show, it is a given that someone else will be styling you, someone else will be picking what songs from the pop factory you sing, and someone else will have absolute control over your entire career. Did we mention the band's name was chosen by the public because Simon Cowell didn't like the old one? Yeah. That happened.

"Miss Movin' On" by Fifth Harmony isn't the worst song we've ever heard, but it is a really solid representation of what is so, so, very wrong with televised singing competitions. This thing is so incredibly middle-of-the-road and safe and salable that any semblance of personality the girls may have has effectively been erased. Watching the video, we might as well be watching a commercial for this season's teen line at JC Penney for all it tells us about the people in it.

Acts coming from singing competitions do have very real talent most of the time -- as we're sure the members of Fifth Harmony do. But what ends up being produced, released, and sold to the masses is disposable, lowest common denominator pop. And "Miss Movin' On" is the most solid example we've seen of that for a long while. The greatest irony of all is that we're sure this group of young ladies is nothing but eternally grateful to X Factor for launching their careers -- but truthfully, they might have been better off going it alone.

-- @Raemondjjjj


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emilychristina
emilychristina

before you go writing negative articles, maybe you should do a little research and get yours facts straight so you're not feeding false information to the public lmao ;)

emilychristina
emilychristina

before you go writing negative articles, maybe you should do a little research and get yours facts straight so you're not feeding false information to the public lmao ;)

sky_0101
sky_0101

Wow finally someone who's telling the truth! Not like other people or media that only talks about this group only because Simon Cowell pays for them to do it so. A song for angsty teens? Wow, nobody did that before. Except every other american mainstream pop artist. They thankfully wasted and opportunity to make something trascendent. Cause pop can be trascendent, but not this thing.

ashley_21_22
ashley_21_22

Guys, it's obvious the writer of this articles must be over 30  maybe 40 years old.. what did you expect?

She's from another time, she won't get today's music, maybe because she's stuck in the 80's music style and hasn't moved on from then. We can't expect old people to like or even understand our music. Is like asking a grandpa to join facebook.. it's just not going to happen. 

nancymin3d
nancymin3d

I don't care if this comment gets my account deactivated because I made an account to comment on this post. Fifth Harmony's song is amazing, and we don't need some bitch to say crap about it. They went in a group because they were eliminated as solo artists, and their voices really go well together. Also the girl group was renamed because Bruno Mars's sisters already claimed the name LYLAS, and Fifth Harmony used it to mean "Love you like a Sister." Honestly, the only reason you, Raw Alexandra, posted this was because you're jealous that Fifth Harmony is successful and you have nothing to say except for bitchy commentary. So GTFO, because Fifth Harmony is the best, while you are a fucking bitch who has nothing better to do with her life. Love you <3

orangesmartie92
orangesmartie92

X factor isn't just a singing competition, hence the name 'X factor'. It's about finding a star quality in good singers who will have an impact in the industry and become an icon for this generation. You know what though, Fifth Harmony does demonstrate what is wrong with these kinds of competitions, because they are more successful than the actual winner of the show. They have personality, likeability, and can relate with the young girls and women of today. Also, the way they communicate with their fans, by posting covers on YouTube is a great strategy. You can hear their 'sound' and it's not just a marketing ploy. They are who they are.

friends8977
friends8977

Don't agree at all there amazing but I guess u wouldn't know that now would you

sh85
sh85

the ironic thing is that you represent all that is wrong with journalism today... zero research, without checking the facts. i bet you felt so smart publishing this? you know, it takes more than pressing 'publish' to be a good writer. and you should probably start with writing about things you have the slightest clue about. because when it comes to today's culture it's clear that you're stuck in the 90's.

Nicole5H
Nicole5H

It wouldn't of taken that long to do a quick Google search. You represent everything that is wrong with journalist today. Lazy.

ashley_21_22
ashley_21_22

A couple of things:

1- The girls auditioned as solo artists, they got eliminated and then put as a group.. 2 girls are from Miami florida, 2 girls from texas and 1 girl is from California.

2- They co-wrote the song and produced the lyric video.. its supposed to look like a vine. you know, twitter? how old are you dude?

3- They decided what sound they wanted to pursue. No one forced them, the record label actually trust them with their own image.

4- which brings us to point  four. If you actually took the time to do your research, you would've found out that the girls look exactly the same way they did when they auditioned to the x factor for the first time.. No one is telling them how to dress or act. Just a look at their twitters and tumblrs will show you that.

5- Explain to me just how would they have made it without The X Factor, if they MET DURING THE X FACTOR? like I said before, the auditioned as solo artists.. not as a group. They met each other at bootcamp.

6- Ironic for me is that people are actually paying you to write these articles. And what's sad is that I bet you felt really smart while writing it. It would've been a very good article if you actually knew what you were talking about in the first place,

joojeegegepigs
joojeegegepigs

But do tell... How would this group go about it alone WITHOUT X Factor if they were CREATED on the show? Simon and LA gave them so a massive opportunity to work with the best producers post X Factor, and the girls' debut into the top 40 is almost inevitable at this point. And the thing that will always separate them from generic pop music is the actual ability to sing. These girls' vocals are impeccable. Don't believe me? Look up the acoustic performance of this single on the 102.7 KIIS FM YouTube. These girls are incredible, and you can't use them as some sort of example as to what's wrong with reality tv when they're pretty much everything that's right with it. Excellent talent and an appealing sound for top 40 radio to boot. Does the song completely demonstrate their vocals? Probably not. But I can almost guarantee that after a few TV spots, America is gonna realize that this is one of the best girl groups we've ever had. Including you.

Hella Gay
Hella Gay

seriously? that song was written for angsty tweens, not angsty 20 something staff writers. xoxo

lridelaj
lridelaj

You should probably do better research, you have a lot of incorrect facts such as why they had to change their name or the fact tbat thats actually just a lyric video. And also, they cowrote a lot of the songs on their album, no ones controlling them like puppets like you insinuate. If you dont like their music thats one thing, but you seem to be hypothesizing a lot based on absolutely nothing. You gotta get those web hits though so you talk about a group who currently has a lot of buzz. I see you.

tanivar01
tanivar01

MMMM DONT AGREE AT ALL....The song is pretty amazing is even playing in my home country of Ecuador and the half a million hits on youtube in 4 days...so I wouldn't write something this negative when it hasn't even been a week that the song was realized.

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