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.
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. 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 ; and they described Lauren Alaina’s super robotic and suuuuper boring rendition of Unchained Melody as “beautiful”. Ugh.
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.