Music and Dance Show Judges, Validation and Energy
Have you noticed that on the music and dance reality shows the judges have changed their attitude? Is it my imagination, or are they more about validation these days than ‘invalidation’, which means to weaken, impair; disprove, refute, rebut – cause to be worthless, not good?
There used to always be the ‘Hanging Judge’ – the nasty one who specialised in invalidation, gave out the put downs and cutting comments that ripped the performers to shreds. Red Simons on the Australian show ‘Hey Hey It’s Saturday’ was a classic, and the tradition was carried on in Australia by Ian Dickenson – known as ‘Dicko’, and Kyle Sanderlands. But these ‘invalidator’ judges seem to have become kinder. Even Kyle watered down his harsh comments in the latest round of X Factor.
Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent, known as a critical cynical judge, appears to have become softer. Was it Susan Boyle who worked this magic? and changed a cynical man into a believer. Watch Susan Boyle’s original version of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ on youtube as more than 6M people have done.
See the transformation in Simon’s face as Susan Boyle opens her mouth and sings.
How many times in your life have you been made to feel worthless or of no account?
How many times have you been disapproved of, or disproved, refuted or rebutted and so weakened.
Choose Validation to Empower and Energize
If you choose ‘validation’ you will see that it will strengthen by approving. This is what I see happening now in shows such as ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
Watch Lady Gaga below. You may find her costume and her tears a bit over the top, but just look at how her response to Melanie’s dancing makes the young dancer’s face shine. Even Mary Murphy with her outrageous screaming makes the dancers glow, and Nigel has become less critical, relying more on sandwiching points for improvement (rather than put-downs) between his compliments.
It seems the world of reality performance shows is changing, and because of the increase in the best kind of validation the stars are becoming more energized and performing amazing artistic feats that take the breath away.
Validation is truly empowering.
Susan Energizes the World With her Love and Spirit
Susan Boyle has taken the world by storm, and brought it together in a loving way more than any person since Princess Diana.
Susan refused to be put down and invalidated. Instead she let her light and her energy shine.
We can all do the same this Christmas and into 2012. Let go of the invalidation, don’t take it on board, but rather validate and honour others for the person they are inside.
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