- The contestants are mostly young people who are trying to live their dreams.
- The personal history section highlights the adversity contestants overcame as they attempted to become professional musicians. The stories of single parenthood, battling addiction, sacrificing a former career, etc. resonate with viewers.
- The contestants have been vetted, so there are no cringe-worthy acts.
- The judges are friends, and the good natured competition between them adds humanity and fun to the competition.
- The judges offer constructive criticism, something that is hard to come by in real life.
- The tables are turned. If more than one judge “turns his/her chair” for a contestant, the contestant gets to choose between them. Superstars plead with unknown singers to pick them.
This is also a recipe for a successful YA novel.
- Give the young protagonist a dream.
- Make it seemingly impossible to achieve.
- Make the protagonist appealing.
- Have fun with the supporting cast.
- Give the main character a way to learn and grow.
- Use plot twists.
Easier said than done.