Voice Teacher Reacts to American Idol - Ten Worst Singers Ever

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slimkt : Sam is proof that you don't have to be ruthless to thrive. He gives tons of constructive criticism but always remains so kind and supportive.

jew___k : As a mental health therapist who stumbled across your videos, I just want you to know your empathy and kindness are amazing. You're obviously an amazing voice teacher, but you should consider a backup career as a therapist:)

Kaleiha The'ron : why is this guy not a judge. you are my best accidental find this year. thanks Sam <3

HEMAreviews : You are the Bob Ross of singing and you make the world a better place <3

Alyssa Nerney : I’m so glad you’ve finally been monetised. I’ll watch through all of the ads, I’d don’t mind at all. You’re 100% worth it. You’re such a beautiful person and I’m so glad that you popped into my recommendations. Thanks for being the light in the dark of 2018.

Ness Liz : Who wants to start a petition to make Sam an American Idol judge?! These people would do very well to hear what he has to say & not just be laughed at and called horrific.

gggfx : This is honestly the *nicest* review of any talent show 'fails' I've ever seen on youtube, incredible. I did smirk at "So clearly he has to work on... well, everything.." but still, such positivity, constructive ideas throughout

Kineela : I dont know who you are or why you were in my news feed, but after binge watching all your videos, I am in love with your ability of finding always good things about everyone. Good critical commentary doesn't mean you have to be just mean or disrespectful. I'm impressed. 😍

Ozdust9 : I forever say that just because you're a singer doesn't mean you can be a vocal coach/judge that's what bothers me about these shows.

Papa Xudita : You’re so professional, you’re not mean. We need you behind that table.

Lizzzard Breath : Dude needs to host a show on how to be a better singer. Where the judges are actually voice instructors and the winner is the contestant who improved the most throughout the show. Everybody learns, everybody grows.

SheliakDragon : I put off watching this one because I thought it might endup being mean but Sam is so objective and constructive and empathetic. I'm glad I finally watched this.

Meragun : It's ok to laugh, but I completely agree with having somthing constructive to say to these people.

skepticinall : Honestly this was great. You are very good at teaching without being a complete ass. I never enjoyed american Idol for exactly what you said in the first singer "Rude without substance" Keep being you man. You are a great person

Lex Knight : Constructive, kind. This made me a subscriber.

Devin Cory : How awesome would American Idol be if instead of Simon Cowell they had Sam instead?

Anthony Robertson : I don't think Simon says much because he has no clue about what is going on in a persons mouth and throat when they sing good or bad. Simon is simply coming from a place of "I've heard a lot of good recordings of good singers so I know when someone sounds good." Yeah, pretty much all of us could do that. He brings abdolutely nothing else to the table at all, and frankly is pretty clueless about the actual workings of vocal production.

Daphne Hernandez : Sam: "What's the point in crushing someone?" 'Cause Sam, you're God's gift to music in the sense of helping all humans express themselves through song regardless of skill, and Simon is just a man that's made a TON of money by being mean and crushing people. Tells you what we've been fed in this society. That's is why I love youtube, it allows people like you to reach thousands (if not millions, in time) and show the world we want more Sams and less Simons. Much love, from New Orleans!

VikeDefender : from a guy that cant sing and doesnt know anything about singing your videos are so entertaining and educational. Iv been binge watching like crazy!

EntityOfLove : My ex auditioned for a “fake” part in one of these shows. He had to act like an idiot so people would laugh at him, including the judges. He naturally got the part....lol. With that said though, before I got vocal lessons, I sang WAY too forward, like number 5, that lovely African American gentleman. I had a full and “strong” (so I thought, lol) voice, but it just wasn’t my own voice. I always wondered why I couldn’t switch, always belting. After vocal lessons, I finally found my own voice and have much better control with it now.

Julia Prusha : oh my god why did 5 make me so sad when he asked if they wanted him to sing something else my heart shattered

Beth Nicholl : "Sing in a way that other people don't find repulsive" is literally my only goal 😂

Kink : As a untrained singer/shower singer/car singer, i often get a itch in my throat when i try to get higher, lower or louder. The itch causes me to start coughing, so it really ruins my happy-sing-moment. My question(s) are why do i get this itch? What am i doing wrong? Is this common? What can i do to make sure it wont happen? I will be thrilled if you (Sam Johnson) would answer these questions, but if anyone else have answers to my questions, I will be equally happy <3

Dani Joy : Sam thank you for being so positive. My parents laughed at me when I sang for them when I was young and still bring it up to this day because it was so bad to them. Needless to say it broke my spirits because I've always wanted to learn how to sing well. To this day makes me feel self-conscious about my voice. Hearing you be genuinely kind and constructive is so refreshing! After binging your videos and especially after this one, I feel like it's possible to learn- anyone can improve- and that my parents were just being major dicks. Your kindness makes you even more beautiful of a person. Thank you so much for making videos!

cynthia cook : I think Simon Cowell enjoys being cruel.

LightingUrMind : Simon: “It was fantastically TERRIBLE”. Sam: **Smiles gently** “I agree 🙂” HAHAHAAHA YOU’RE SO ADORABLE 😂

DanasLilMakeup : I was in a Estudiantina band when I was 17 (I’m 31 now), which is a Spanish traditional acoustic band. I was taught how to sing, and I was told I was good BUT, I never believed it, I think it was because if my own insecurities but I stopped singing, and listening and watching you I remember my teachers and make me want to go back singing. I am a metal head and was stocked to see you reviewing my favourite female singers. Thank you for believing in everyone and being always constructive and educational. New subscriber!

Katie B : Also, maybe someone can sing, but maybe they can’t perform (yet). That’s another skill to get a hold of...the mind game aspect lol

Kirby Castillo : I love how you didn’t laugh at anyone, but instead just gave absolutely informative advice.

Jo Leipold : This man has the patience of a saint and a heart of gold

Chandelle Lance : I should probably just let this go, but it's bugging me so I'm going to say something. I've seen a few comments that say how the judges weren't being rude to laugh, they were just tired. They probably were tired, but that doesn't mean they weren't also rude. As someone who has auditioned a lot, seen a lot of auditions, been to a lot of performances I can tell you there is an etiquette to performances. These judges have been in the industry long enough to know that etiquette. They know it was rude. Simon even apologized as he was laughing. He wouldn't have apologized if he wasn't doing something wrong. They were rude because they thought it got them higher ratings. But look at how fast Sam's channel is growing. That proves you don't have to be rude to get an audience.

Mindy Girard : This is going to be a little long and I'm sorry for that but I feel like I really need to express to you how unique you are in the world of vocal training... I started voice training when I was 3 years old..by the time I was 6 my vocal coach had me shoved into the competition circuits...there were periods between 6 and 17..when I told her and the circuit cronies ( that's a story all it's own) to go pound sand... that I was with her more than my own parents as they were never very interested in the ins and outs of the training rituals and they unfortunately trusted her...she handed me my first cigarette when I was 12 years old and told me that I needed to start smoking to timber out my voice..over the next 5 years she would train me while smoking. I was to inhale as deep as I could.. hold it...sing whole verses of whatever song we were training with and then I was allowed to exhale...if any smoke got out while I was singing..and I mean any she would make me stop..inhale again and start over.. I also had to maintain my proper vocals while holding in the smoke...there was no such thing as positive criticism in her world..it was simply do it..do it right..and win competitions...the coaches and parents I encountered during the time period were not much better if not worse and I walked away from that world with a very bad taste in my mouth... to the point that I wouldn't even sing for my friends and family for many many years... I still have times where if I feel like they are trying to make me be their side show I will refuse... I'm 38 years old now and perhaps if I had of been fortunate enough to have found a mature, observant and positive coach like yourself back when I was 3 years old I would still have that same passion for my old friends music and vocals instead of feeling like they were bad influences who led me into the vipers nest. You are awesome.. please don't ever change 😊

AspLode : Art of every discipline needs a Sam Johnson. Not everyone needs to be J K Simmons's character from Whiplash to assert mastery over their craft, and the destructive spectacle we see from the judges is more indicative of the aim of the talent show as a brutal winnowing of contestants than an investment to any particular individual. An artist in their infancy with someone like Sam in their corner would flourish no matter where they start, and it really stems from a confidence in being able to see a path to success, a discrete road to viability for every seed. He's so right that just cutting someone down provides nothing productive, but we all know it's because these sassy putdowns are what made Simon famous in the first place and keeps viewers tuning in. It's such a quantum leap from being able to acknowledge that something is bad (which everyone can see), to being able to dissect everywhere that it's going wrong, how far each of these aspects are from being ideal, and what needs to be done to progress. Also, to be able to read what is going wrong but also identify where effort is being placed in order to gauge the artist's investment into their craft, and posit where they were misled and how. It just comes from paying attention and not being so focused on how the performance impacts him emotionally, like how he's just deadpan as the judges are breathless from laughter. Sam could look at a child's crayon picture and say it's not a bad start, the overall proportions aren't too bad, the lines could use more confidence, and that the next stage is to use sharper stationery so that the kid could begin to explore articulate finer details and meet new challenges there.

PJ : I literally binge watch this guy, so humble, professional, informative and easy to understand. Subbed for sure

O K A Y : Sam is the kind of person I want to be

A.R. Partie : You are officially the nicest person on YouTube.

ForboJack : The whole purpose of the jury laughing their asses off, is to give the audience the impression it's ok to laugh. If the "professionals" laugh than it must be funny and it's ok for me to laugh at this person too. The whole reality TV thing is about showing you people who you get the impression of are more stupid, are poorer, can't sing, are lesser than you and so on, so you can laugh at them and feel better about yourself. Pretty disgusting form of entertainment.

GrainneDhu : Thank you for the respectful way you critiqued the various performances. The world is a better place because you are in it.

GoneBadAgnes : You’re just so sweet 💙 I need you to be my singing teacher

De.ar.me : Constructive critisism... World needs more of this... People Who know in depth what they are talking about, well done!

Jessica McGinnis-Robinson : Watching this video, I understood why I subbed this channel. You have loads of empathy (you literally sang like some of these people to show what they were doing) and you are kind. I could listen to people like you talk for hours! Thanks!

Kryzal Lazurite : I've been told Im tone deaf and should not pursue singing, but it feels so liberating to share your feelings this way. I was curious, since you're a singing teacher, if you could point out where people could go if they honestly wanted to improve their singing voice. I dont know, maybe Im just tired of being told I'm no good at something that feels natural to want to do and do well for me. Any help is appreciated.

Angelic Healing : I keep wondering....does his speaking voice sound nasal? It does to me. I've not heard him sing yet. And I love watching him. I love his diction, projection and his overall kindness. Update: 2 minutes later.....yep he is nasal, he says so because he allows it. 2nd update, a few minutes later: Sam, after watching this....I would definitely love having some lessons with you.

Erma H. : It's awesome that you're so good at explaining specifically what's wrong and what can be fixed. I think most people don't have that ability and that's why all they can do is laugh. It happens when people have trouble learning languages---people just have no idea how they're making the sounds they're making and so they don't know how to tell someone else how to do it right. Being able to actually fix problems is better than laughing at people that are lost. You're like a bright, shining light.

Sara Blomberg : I personally hate any singing competition (except esc) because its total bs. Most people I know just watch the first rounds to laugh at people and stop when the real competition begins. Not one winner of my country idol has become even remotely famous after their season is ended. It's always the runner up who make it.

Heki Kahni : Some of those are plants for comedy and to break up the judges. But I immediately liked that this teacher didn't laugh. He was going to listen to what was actually going on.

ChocohalicWerewolf : Watching this actually made me very frustrated and emotional on behalf of the contestants. I appreciated hearing you stand up for them and explain what tweaks they needed or understanding that someone needed to help rather than blindly push them into limelight knowing how cruel the show can be...

Sophia Aggadi : You’re such a kind person. 😊

Michael Bosi : Most kind vocal analysis ever! Awesome channel!

DarkKeys20 : i would totally watch a show that has judges like you and everyone leaves with great contructive critisism, no gimics, no shaming. the video of you reacting to jinjer's pisces was the only one that gave knowledgable insight and great reactions! Love you keep it up!