The Voice Takes Top Reality Show
A lot has been said and written about the rivalry between the popular TV shows
The Voice and American Idol. Being the top two reality singing competition shows America has today, both are set out to find new talents that will give them tremendous popularity and international stardom. Even though American Idol first aired almost fourteen years ago, five years ago the American series premier of The Voice grabbed a lot of viewers attentions. Essentially, The Voice took everything that American Idol did in it’s early stages and improved upon it. The Voice’s welcoming format, supportive judges, and tasteful song selection is what has made millions of American’s fall in love with this shows entertainment.
John de Mol, creator of The Voice has given hopeful singers the opportunity to
achieve their dreams in the most welcoming way. “The show's innovative format features five stages of competition: the first begins with the Blind Auditions, followed by the Battle Rounds, the Knockouts, the Live Playoffs and finally, the Live Performance Shows” (“About” NBC). During the Blind Auditions, the musical coaches get to hear the artists perform but don’t get to see them due to rotating chairs. This allows the decisions from the coaches to be based solely on the performers voice and not on looks. The push of a powerful button will turn the coaches chairs around when they are impressed and the choice of who the singer wants to be mentored by is now in their hands. In addition, anyone over the age of fifteen is eligible to participate in the application process, while other singing competition shows have a cut off around a persons late twenties. Unlike American Idol, “[i]t doesn’t matter if hopefuls have a guitar or piano with
them or wearing the perfect boots before Jennifer Lopez. The Voice judges are out to find the ones with “the voice”” (Allen, "American Idol" vs "The Voice"). For the past five years, thats exactly what the judges have been doing.
One of the many aspects that sets The Voice apart from other reality competition
shows is the judges. The judging/coaching panel consists of four successful artists in the music industry. Including the popular duo of Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, they ensure the show is never a dull moment and entertaining to say the least. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, The Voice judge Christina Aguilera said, “The Voice really does stand for what it says...this isn’t about tearing people down. I want to bring these people up” (Allen, "American Idol" vs "The Voice"). The coaches do exactly that by providing the singers with one on one mentoring sessions where they generously give the advice, knowledge and skills needed to individually grow as a performer. While the performers gain the experience of a lifetime, the coaches can’t help but feel the same. "I love it so much, and I made some of the most important relationships in my life by being a part of that show, with some of the coaches, some of the people who just came to perform, but mostly those who have been on my teams over the year… they're my family now," (Quan, "Blake Shelton Relishes Relationships Made on 'The Voice”) said thirty-eight year old entertainer and coach Blake Shelton. Collectively, it is inevitable that the generosity and endless amount of support given by the coaches on The Voice is like no other show.
Along with the judges and format of NBC’s The Voice, another factor that sets
this show apart from others is their song selection. Compared to American Idol, The Voice has paid the price to have a much wider selection of songs. Singers are given the
freedom to add their own style to today’s fresh new hits and old-school classics that the audience would never expect. Unfortunately for American Idol, their contestants have a limited selection of about fifty songs to choose from due to song right issues. Logically, the show with a wider variety of songs...
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