I Actually Watched ‘The Voice’ & It Does Distinguish Itself [Updated with Ratings]

by on April 27, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

'The Voice' on NBCI’ve been dreading The Voice premiere on NBC… the ads tried to make it clear that this was a very different singing reality series from American Idol. It almost seemed too overboard to me and I was getting tired of them. But when nine o’clock rolled around tonight and there was nothing on other networks, I left the channel where it was.

The premise behind The Voice is a bit more than what they went into with the advertising campaign. Either that or I was aggressively tuning it out.  First, the judges are singers with careers. Not music managers, but the singers who benefitted from a good music manager. Take that as you will.

Judges… and coaches who are competing with each other that is. The judges are Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine (Maroon 5). What I thought was awesome was that the show’s opening piece was the judges belting out the first song of the night and that went a long way towards lending credence to my appreciation of the show.

Now here’s the complication of the scenario that the show is based on:

'The Voice' - Pictured: (l-r) Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton

First, as you probably know, judges don’t see the contestant. They hear them first. They have ot hit a buttom to see the singer.

Second, hitting the button, from the judges perspective, says they want that singer on their team. Team? Yep.

Third, the judges are building teams to compete with each other for some end-goal.

Fourth, if more than one judge hits the button, the power is in the contestants hands as to choose which judge will be their coach when the judges compete with each other.

Are we following still?

Here’s where I lose it a bit with the show. I’m accustomed to seeing the judges of a singing contest reality TV series wield the power. But first, the singers come out being very hopeful and suddenly the power is in their court and the judges get giddy when the singer picks them. It’s weird, to say the least.

The other angle is that who ever accompanied the singer to the show, is in a green room with The Voice show host, Carson Daly, and watch the performance and they too get giddy when the singer is picked.

The poor judges have to face the audience so they end up bobbing their heads and look pensive for every performance…

AND I’m confused, there were a few singers that I didn’t think were that good and the judges picked them and there was at least one that didn’t get picked that I thought might have! Then again, I’m not the expert here!

There were also some sad moments. You get to hear the singer’s story before they audition and when no judges chairs turn around, that means they’re not picked. Oh, how sad!

And there’s some friendly banter between the judges when more than one decides they want a singer on their team.

So at the moment, I actually did not dislike the premiere episode of The Voice. It is different and does quite the job of making sure of that. it stayed interesting throughout the two-hour premiere.

Oh, and the one nice and/or unique aspect of the show, is that there is no age limit.

One word of warning though, if you watch The Voice from the West Coast, don’t hit up the show’s website [http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/] early. I headed over their midway through the show and saw what which judge had what singer, long before the West Coast airing was over… crap! Spoilers! LOL.

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First published 4/26/11 @ 2309 hrs.  Updated 4/27/11 @1729 hrs:  Initial TV ratings for the show indicate that nearly 12 million viewers tuned into the premiere. [ TV by the Numbers ]  We’ll see how the numbers hold up or taper off for the next episode.

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