Opinion: How famous is too famous?



Dan Jenkins

Dan Jenkins

Dan Jenkins is a freshman news major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected].

I got really into “The Voice” this past winter, in its second season. I loved how different it was from shows like “American Idol” and “The X Factor,” and how its priority was to showcase talent, not just to show a bunch of idiots butchering popular songs. I also really loved the rapport between the four judges: Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton.

I also got really into exploring various forms of social media and seeing what other people thought of the contestants on the show. While doing that, I noticed a trend was occurring there.

Each season, it seems there is always a contestant that the public deems to be “too famous to be on the show.” It also always tends to be a female singer-songwriter who had moderate success before coming on the show and already had a built-in fan base.

In the first season, that was runner-up Dia Frampton from Team Blake. In season two, that was Juliet Simms, Team Cee-Lo’s finalist, who also finished second. Both Frampton and Simms had bands before coming on the show: Dia and her sister had the duo Meg & Dia, while Juliet was the frontwoman of Automatic Loveletter. Now, in season three, it appears this is happening again, with Cassadee Pope, the lead singer from Hey Monday, who is a member of Team Blake.

While Pope has undoubtedly had more success with Hey Monday than Frampton or Simms had with their bands, I still don’t think the band was famous enough to justify banning her from entering “The Voice.”

If you are reading this and feel like she was famous enough to be banned from the show, let me ask you this — does your mom know who Hey Monday is? Your dad? Your aunts and uncles or grandparents? And if they do, did they find out about Hey Monday on their own, or through someone in the 14-22 age bracket?

I would be willing to bet a good amount of my readers would answer no to the first three questions, and therefore would not even be able to answer the fourth question.

Yes, Hey Monday did tour with Fall Out Boy and has a very large fan base among teenagers and young adults, but that doesn’t even compare to the fan bases that each of the four coaches on “The Voice” have. I can say with certainty I have never heard Hey Monday on the radio, and I would venture to say that almost nobody else has.

Hey Monday has been on hiatus since December of last year, and Pope released a solo EP in May without much success. I think she has an incredible gift, and “The Voice” can provide the platform for the masses to hear her and see what kind of singer and person she really is. Plus, Cassadee’s presence further encourages me to tune in and show my support for someone whose music I’ve enjoyed for years. I hope other fans of hers can follow this lead.