This can apply to all sorts of reality-ish contests, but I want to focus on Vocal Point for two reasons. First, they are very, very good at what they do. I’ve yet to hear the judges say anything critical about them.
Second, they really want you to know that these clean-cut, well-dressed, physically-fit men are heterosexual. I mean really heterosexual. The kind of heterosexual that goes on “filmed for a national audience” type group dates that include belting out show tunes, while not at all looking like a polyamorous collective.
The thing is, although I like them well enough, I like other bands more. For instance, I much prefer the other group, Delilah, which features some ex-BYU students:
Actually, my favorite band is the DC-based Afro Blue, but that’s irrelevant. My point is that we often feel a need to support our fellow Mormons just because they are Mormon. Here’s another example: I have been an Atlanta Braves fan my whole darn life thanks to Dale Murphy‘s association with them in the 80s, combined with TBS’s cable ubiquity. One of my fondest teenage memories is a Braves game I attended where Murph hit a homer. This also explains my early fondness for the Celtics (Danny Ainge) and the Cowboys (Danny White).
My question is: is this a good thing? Should intra-religious loyalty trump other considerations in art (or politics)?
Finally, hat-tip to MCQ for reminding me that this show was on.