After falling ill from organic food, Lisa uses her singing voice to comfort them, and Homer sees his daughter's talent as a chance to compete on a reality talent show for kids.
"A Star is Torn" contains examples of:
- Aborted Arc: Clarissa Wellington could've been a major rival for Lisa in the Li'l Starmaker competition. However, she is voted off in third place, in favor of Cameron.
- Author Tract: Parodied in Lisa's Imagine Spot of being animated on Itchy & Scratchy, where she gives a message on animal cruelty.
Scratchy: For details, log onto PETA.org.
- Blatant Lies: Li'l Starmaker's disclaimer. They said they never heard of American Idol. It wasn't the first time a Simpsons episode used that sort of lie.
- Stage Mom: Homer becomes a gender-flipped case, where he beats up other people to get Lisa what she wants. Lisa finds it all sickening and fires him as her manager.
Lisa: Dad, I'm sorry you're hurt, but you left me no choice. You were obnoxious at a level not evern permitted in show business.
Homer: Do you know the hours I worked, the people I had to yell at, the tires I had to slash?
Lisa: No one asked you to yell and slash!
Homer: IT'S CALLED SCHMOOZING!