"I used to watch American Idol a little bit. My grandmother sucked me into it, and I was like, 'Why am I watching this, Nana?' Initially, I felt like it was showing people that to be an artist you're just supposed to get on TV. But, as time passed, and the industry changed, I started thinking of it as an outlet for people who otherwise wouldn't have any opportunity to be heard." R&B star Alicia Keys has grown to appreciate TV talent shows.