Who knew NBC could have something to set a new standard for talent shows, but ‘The Voice‘ is a fresh breath of air. This one will be around to show ‘American Idol‘ how it’s done.
‘The Voice‘ has totally blown me away, and I wanted to wait until I saw at least three episodes before reviewing it. Thankfully NBC has been kind enough to send out a nice starter pack before the live shows kick in. With the slew of singing competition shows hitting this year, ‘The Voice’ was another one with bigger names attached, but who knew it would be so great?
Simon Cowell’s ‘X-Factor‘ was getting the bulk of the press and then we heard Jennifer Lopez is already developing a Latin singing competition show before her ‘American Idol’ seat gets used to her sitting there. The format for ‘The Voice’, which has judges, they call themselves coaches, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton forming their own teams of singers based on vocal ability alone, makes for a fun twist. Some of the best moments so far have come from watching the pros sell themselves to the singers and compete against each other for their services.
The best part of the show is that the audition process makes you want to watch it unlike Idol which is more of a freak show enjoying the bad singers who have no idea how out of their depth they are. No such thing with ‘The Voice’, the auditions that make it to sing to the coaches backs have obviously gone through the producers and their all good in their own right. The face that you have four Type A personalities vying to build the best team makes this show so amazing. Their egos are at stake so the winner in this show is both the contestants and the audience. The idea behind the show is genius since so much of the entertainment biz is so about looks, ‘The Voice’ turns this on its ear and forces the coaches to only hear the voice, and only if they want the contestant on their team are they able to turn around to see the looks behind the talent.
So far Cee Lo Green seems the most looks conscious as he’s regretted not turning his red chair around after seeing the looks (always with the young women of course). It’s interesting since he’s definitely the least pretty of the coaches, but he seems to be the most driven to have the prettiest team. Adam Levin of Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilara have a fun rivalry in the blind audition episodes while Blake Shelton seems the most competitive and in the coaching episode, he truly is.
‘The Voice’ is broken up into three segments. The first is the blind auditions, then in episode 3, it moves to the coaching and dual sing-offs which is pretty intense and great to see some amazing talents giving it all they have. The third segment is the live singing after the teams are cut in half. During the second segment you can really feel for the judges and watching Christina Aguilara having to cut people really makes you feel for her.
I think the issue I have with ‘American Idol’ this season is that they’re being way too nice, and anyone in this industry knows that you need the constructive criticism if you’re ever going to grow. That’s what Simon Cowell brought with him, and he had a laser like way of spotting exactly what we at home were thinking while the other judges were saying how wonderful they were. ‘The Voice’ is already giving good criticism as the coaches tell people why they didn’t feel compelled to turn their chair around. That was promising right off the bat, and they continue through the coaching.
Since they’re reps and egos are on the line, they’re pushing their team to be the best to win. ‘X-Factor’ will have the mentoring, but I think ‘The Voice’ is the big winner for these competitions and it’s set a standard that’s going to be hard to beat on any level.
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The Voice shows that a singing reality show can be exciting again, along with truly relying on talent first and then the packaging later. Having the talents of Christina Aguilara, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton isn’t just about having big names, they are in this competition to win it along with their teams.