Do we really need another singing talent/reality TV show? Before last night and with the X Factor US about to start, I would have said no. Now I think we need The Voice. The rules seemed a bit confusing but once they – and we the audience – settle into our stride, I think The Voice will bring something new and fresh to the party.
Four celebrity coaches (Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine) formed a team of eight singers from “blind auditions” where they could hear them but not see them. We didn’t get any auditonees solely out for their 15 minutes of fame with ludicrous behaviour and awful singing as they had already been vetted by the production team.
In a twist on another talent show, judges press their buttons if they LIKE an auditionee. And if more than one judge presses their button before the song ends, the coaches get to fight over whose team the singer joins. I’m so going to like that part!
The coaches then mentor their team through Round 2, which only half of them will survive. Team-mates go head to head to get through this round. When we are down to sixteen singers, they will each perform live so viewers can vote for their favourites, and eventually we will be left with one overall winner of $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic. They can also compete as duos, which is an interesting departure from other shows.
Among the new and hopeful faces were a few familiar ones. Frenchie Davis, the brassy, soulful semi-finalist of American Idol’s second season brought the house down with Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl,” and ended up on Christina’s team.
sseemed one to look out for. All four judges wanted him! Jeff chose Adam, making him the first member of the snarky Maroon 5 frontman’s team.
So, by the end of the night, Christina had three female vocal powerhouses; Cee and Adam both had an interesting mix of mainstream and quirky contestants. Blake’s trio are folksy all the way.
Next week, each coach will add five more acts to their teams so we can get down to the real competition. If the second episode of “The Voice” is as much fun as premiere, I’m already hooked!
What did you think of “The Voice: Episode One”? Pointless “Idol” clone or a good addition to the singing contest genre? Which judge is going to make the best mentor? Have you already got a favorite singer?