Just heard someone on the radio talking about talent shows and the speaker explained the drawback of these competitions in a nutshell.

He said that the problem is that the winners tend to be those who are the best singers whereas the most interesting artists are those who have something to say.

This is a good, concise distinction.

If, for example,  Bob Dylan. David Bowie or Lou Reed had appeared on one of these shows, the chances are they wouldn’t have gotten past the first round!

Ergo….  talent shows are a waste of time!