C.A.T.S. (Christian Artist Talent Search)

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I am concerned about a TV show called Christian Artist Talent Search (C.A.T.S. for short). Last week I watched part of an episode and I was honestly appalled by what is going on in the show. I tried to give the show the benefit of the doubt, but the longer I watched the more disgusted I became. The reason why is because I don't believe that anyone who wants to sing praises to God and bring glory to Him through music does not sing beautifully. I don't care what their voice sounds like - it's beautiful. Watching the judges was upsetting for me because I would see their reactions to the contestants and I felt like this is something like "American idol" (which I don't watch, but I've seen clips of the show and I have heard a lot about it). I don't know the premise of the show in the sense of whether or not it's an audition for a show or for an individual recording contract or what. I can understand that if this is an audition and there is intended to be only one that wins the "prize" then there has to be elimination of everyone else until they get the final contestant that they think is most talented. I kept that in mind as I watched the programme, but I was still upset by the judges and the way they behaved on the show. The way it was filmed came off to me like it's some kind of sinful parody show. I could have been watching an episode of "Saturday Night Live" or "MAD TV," but this is supposed to be a Christian programme? You might not think there's something wrong with this picture, but I do. What's even sadder is that I'm not actually surprised that a Christian network would air this or that Christians would produce this because it's so easy to sin and give into doing stupid and tasteless things.

The show airs saturday nights on the Inspiration Network at 9PM and on i-Lifetv at 9:30PM (CST). You can email the show at cats@insp.com or call them at 803-578-1500.

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