The Voice.

I’ve been reading a lot of good feedback about NBC’s new reality singing competition The Voice. With my growing frustration with the current season of American Idol, I just have to check this one out. And boy, am I glad I did.

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The audition process alone caught my interest. In this one, the contestants are judged based on their voices alone. The judges – or more appropriately, the coaches – have their backs turned against the contestant, and if they like what they hear, they will press a button signifying that they have picked that contestant for his/her team. That’s the only time that the coach’s chair will turn around and he/she will finally see what the contestant looks like. The coaches don’t even have an idea about the contestant’s looks, age and even gender until their chairs have turned. At one point, one coach totally mistook a male contestant to be female.

I like this concept because, as opposed to most singing competitions, the judgment of the contestants are not affected by their looks. This is why people like Scotty McReery are currently ruling Idol. Scotty is not the best singer out there (heck, all the country singers on The Voice are miles better than him) but he’s kinda cute and he’s very young. In The Voice, anyone, as long as he has a good voice, has a good shot of making it.

Although to be honest, the second episode of The Voice pales in comparison to the first episode where practically everyone kicked ass in the vocals department (I already picked four favorites on that episode alone). But compared to the trainwreck that is the Top 5 of Idol, the quality of contestants in The Voice still tops it by miles. Ironically, two of the people who made it at The Voice were former Idol contestants: Frenchie Davis, who made it to Top 36 of Season 2 but was disqualified, and Emily Valentine who, if I remember correctly, has made it to the Hollywood Rounds of Season 8.

And the one thing where The Voice trumps Idol? The coaches in The Voice – composed of country singer Blake Shelton, CeeLo Greene, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera – are eons better than Idol‘s judges who call every performance “beautiful” even if it sucks monkey balls. :yuck: Sorry, I just can’t get over how they made excuses for Turbin’s horrible rendition of Without You (aka. Ken Lee) by saying it’s “emotionally perfect” (whatever that means) because he cried :rolleyes: ; and they described Lauren Alaina’s super robotic and suuuuper boring rendition of Unchained Melody as “beautiful”. Ugh. :ayaw:

To end this entry, I give you that one performance that got me hooked on The Voice. I hope she made it far in the competition.


Vicci Martinez – Rolling In The Deep

AI’s Haley did this song two weeks ago but it didn’t make a mark on me. After seeing this performance from The Voice, Rolling In The Deep is now on constant rotation in my music player.

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5 Comments

  1. Wow.. that was a great performance. :err: That got me hook! Need to check out this show!!

    I have given up on Idol a very LONG time ago! :thumbdown:

  2. The people invited to auditon for the judges were really good ones(and they don’t discriminate on age, looks, gender and creed) :clap: . Plus the judges don’t push the buttons for the sake of . And enjoy the name dropping and selling of the judges when the auditionees have to pick which team they want to be on. Refreshing to see on TV I am hooked!

  3. Hooked on “The Voice.” I believe in second chances, and making a name because of talent, not because of the looks and age. I stopped watching AI in ’08 when Chikezie was voted off instead of Kristy Lee Cook just because she was pretty.

  4. Haven’t watch it yet.. but was intrigued with the preview… getting so bored with AI the last time I watched it religiously was when Adam Lambert was on the show.

  5. wow, heard a lot about this but have yet to see it. now I’m very interested…=) Thank you!

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