Updated 24 February 2003, 14.53
Made for TV popstars like Hear'Say were huge when they first appeared on the scene.
Viewers loved watching how a person could go from being an ordinary nobody to an extraordinary somebody!
But has the novelty worn off? Are you sick of reality TV pop shows? Or are you on the edge of your sofa waiting for Pop Idol 2 to hit your screen?
I think the T.V shows are entertaining to begin with, but once they get to the finals it's really boring - all that happens is the judges tell people that they are rubbish/fantastic and that's it. The bands are just one-hit-wonders. Most of them just can't sing, and the ones that don't get into the band are always the only ones that can! Also, it puts down all the people who lose and that is really mean.
Kate, 12 Winbourne
It was cool at the beginning. It was a good chance for people to get famous. Now they're overdoing it! Cheeky Girls? Girls Aloud? Oh please!
I think they are pointless because they'll either split up or have a big argument and then split up and some of them have rubbish voices.
Polly, 10, Burton Latimer
Some think I'm really sad but I absolutely love reality TV shows!!!! I've watched them all! I love them and don't find them in the least boring. After watching these shows I have not followed the embarrassingly sad six, or one true voice but I think the Pop Idol finalists particularly will do well in future. However I am not sure about Pop Idol 2. Your going to get all the rejects. I mean anyone with any talent MUST have auditioned by now!
Lottie, 12, Bristol
I don't see the point, because if you tell people that you're manufactured they might get turned off. People like Oasis, Miss Dynamite and Sugababes - not Girls Aloud or OTV.
Freya, 11, Wales
I think that the whole 'star search' idea is a good 1, but only if you do it properly. It shouldn't be shown for TV - these are people's lives that they are messing with.
Sarah, 12, Derry
I think that most TV popstars can't sing and they can't dance either. Gareth used to be a normal boy - look at him now he's a superstar. Not fair at all is it. I wish I was rich.
Tom, 11 Halifax
It's terrible! Most of the "popstars" never make it into fame (what happened to Utopia in The Next Big Thing?) other popstars had to work for fame, manufactured bands don't.
James, 12 Durham
I think the whole reality TV popstars thing is been taken far to far. I am a great fan of Will Young because he has such a unique voice, Darius is also very good. But I think bands like One True Voice and Girls Aloud and Hear'Say are popular for a while but then bang every thing goes down hill for them! I think if there is another Pop Idol then great stars with great voices such as Will Young will be forgotten and we don't want that, do we?
Sarah, 14 Edinburgh
Reality pop tv shows are pointless. All they do is audition loads of people who just went along for the fun of it. The winner only gets to number one because they've had so much initial publicity from the tv show and all the younger people think it's 'cool' to buy a single of the guy they saw on tv who is only doing a cover song. It's unfair on the people who get into the music industry the hard way. They had to work hard for years, know and get beaten by somebody who just had to take one single round of auditions.
Sarah, 15 Gloucester
I think it's brill 'cos really great singers are SOMETIMES recognised via TV, but sometimes the contestants are absolutely AWFUL!
Laura, 11, Stubbington
I think that people like Will, Gareth and Darius were born to be stars and reality TV is just a more entertaining way of discovering them.
Emma, 13, Ayrshire
I think there's a limit to how much you can do with reality tv music shows, and let's face it, it has run it's course! If they want to churn out more shows, then so be it, but don't expect me to be watching it every week and buying the records. It was great at the beginning but now it's just old.
Megan, 15, Hertfordshire
I think that it's so sad that people with so much talent are wasting their time on tv pop shows. Yes it does get them famous but they loose their individuality and that¿s what makes them so special!
Sarah, 15, Norwich
I love manufactured pop, its cool and has a nice vibe to it! I just loved popstars I videoed it and watched it 24/7.
Robert, 12, Bromley
Most of them can't sing and they never write their own songs. I'd like it if they could make a good band on TV.
Louise, 11, Glasgow
I think pop stars like
Will Young and Liberty X are great. People must like them if their singles go to no.1. They are young people living their dreams.
Lydia, 11, Devon
I think the fact that people no longer like them is because in England there are too many. When you look at America they don't have much more than American Idol (America's answer to Pop Idol). Personally I love so-called Made-for-TV stars and love the shows whether they're in this country, or over in the US
Lee, 11, Ellesmere Port
Leave it! I like reality TV stars because, if you think, if it's only a voice in an audition room, no backing track or anything, you can tell who has a good voice!
Laura, 13, Southampton
Yes, definitely, the shows are bad and the music's worse. And its taking over the charts so the people who try hard to get up there can't.
Rhiannon, 12, Essex
I'm sick of TV pop stars. They are around for a couple of months and then they just disappear. Give me a rock band any day!
Sarah, 15, Co. Antrim
I like watching the shows for entertainment and it is sometimes quite funny, but I hate Gareth Gates because he doesn¿t write any of his own songs and just does covers. I love Darius and David Sneddon because they are talented in both singing and song writing. I think Fame Academy is much better than popstars.
Zoe, 14, Southampton
NO NO NO NO NO! I¿m Will Young¿s biggest fan!
Lydia, 12, Northants
I think it is a great to have a show that helps people to fulfil their dreams and realise their talents.
Becky, 12 Cheshire
You're getting sick of it? Well there's more to come - Irish Popstars winners (and its a totally lottery let's face it - look what happened to the 'winners' of our Popstars...)Six are about to be released in the UK...yes that's actually their name...and yes there's actually six of them - original, ey? I'm in Ireland at the moment and they are seen here as being strictly for the under-ten year olds, although they do have a small number of teenage fans as well. For their release in England they are going to be 'sexed up' according to the Irish papers and Louis Walsh their manager because...get this...their current image would be 'embarrassing'. Well you can make up your own minds in a few weeks time!
Catherine, 14, London
I tend to like watching pop shows but I didn't like watching Popstars the Rivals because I thought it was boring. I like Gareth Gates! I think he will be around for a bit. I do think the shows are getting boring! Pop bands can get popular without going on pop shows like Blue and Westlife.
Claire, 15, Swadlincoate
I think that Pop Idol and programmes like that find just as talented people as the record companies do just by listening to tapes they are sent etc. In fact, I think that the singers that have come out of the talent shows are loads better than half the people in the charts. Surely it doesn't matter how people are discovered so long as they have talent.
Emma, 14, Swansea
I think things like Popstars should stop but things like Fame Academy are ok Because there is REAL TALENT rather than wannabes (i really like will though)
Hannah, 12, New Romney
I think they are great but manufactured pop bands are not half as talented as proper bands who write songs themselves and actually KNOW the people they are in a band with!
Abi, 12, Edinburgh
I don't see why everyone hates them .... auditioning for a pop band isn't 'manufactured' pop .... it's perfectly fine! People audition for movies right? It's just the same!
Amy, 12, Manchester
I hate things like Fame Academy, Pop idols and so on. I don't like Girls Aloud or One True voice. They're plain and boring. But I admit that I do have a Will Young cd, because I think he's a talented singer.
I think that the pop stars series have well and truly been done to death. It's ridiculous! It makes children think that this is the way to get famous and its pathetic!
Ben, 15, Cheltenham
No way. They¿re great. Anyone who thinks otherwise is stupid!
Libbi, 12, Buxton
Absolutely! All they do is churn out useless cover versions!
Isobel, 12, Glasgow
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