First of all, if you didn't know, I am currently eight months pregnant, so the first thing that hits me as I watch Episodes 1 is. . .I was skinny! Ha! But I am really enjoying being pregnant, so I am content to watch my skinnier self on the show (though I look forward to getting into those cute dresses again).
OK, back to business!
In the premiere, we saw the contestants come to terms with the fact that they had to co-write. As I mentioned before, 99 percent of the songs on the radio are co-written. It can be invaluable to co-write because being a good writer means you have to learn and ingest new thoughts and sounds. What better way to do that than to constantly be with other great writers, and learn how they think and do things? Being influenced is a good thing -- you learn from it. Plus, a lot of writers find it nice to have an appointment to write. It's kind of like going to the gym. If you are meeting a friend or a trainer, you tend to show up and do the work a little better than if you are left to your own devices!
It will be interesting if the contestants start to see the value in a co-write as the season goes on -- or if they will see it as a constant source of frustration, because it is not easy to meld your creativity, much less reveal the tender unformed thoughts of an idea, to a stranger. . .
I'd also like to point out, and elaborate for any novices out there, that you are seeing some writers who write with a guitar or piano, and some who are singing their hook challenges a capella.