I don’t watch singing shows normally, but I made an exception this time for NBC’s The Voice.
First let me say that if you haven’t watched it, now’s your chance. They are going to re-air it at 9 PM on NBC, that’s WJAC (6), WPXI (11), and WTOV (9) in my area… depending on where I’m calling home at the particular moment. Be sure to watch it because it is really good and has a unique concept for a music/singing show.
Let me run you down the details of the show itself… There are 4 judges, at least that’s what you think at first, but they really aren’t judges at all. They call themselves coaches. These coaches sit in big red and black chairs with their backs turned to the stage. When somebody comes out to sing, they cannot see the person. This makes them rely solely on what the premise of the show is, the voice!
When/if they like what they hear, the judges push the button attached to their chair and the chair spins around and the bottom lights up and reads ‘I Want You.’ The contestant continues to sing the song until the end and other judges may buzz in as well. If nobody buzzes in, the contestant reaches the end of the line and is eliminated. If only one judge chooses to buzz in, the singer is on that judges team. If multiple judges buzz in, then the power shifts to the singer who gets to decide which team he or she will be on. Each judge will choose a total of 8 people for their team in the blind auditions.
We’re only one episode in, so that’s as far as we’ve gone, but the show previewed what happens next. The judges will pit their team members against each other in duels and narrow their team down from eight to four. From there, it seems like the power shifts to America and a vote takes place.
So what makes this show so much better than others? I think it is the suspense that is built during the auditions. First, you wonder which of the judges, Adam Levine from Maroon 5, Cee Lo Green from Gnarls Barkley, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton, are going to buzz in. Once one buzzes in, you wonder who else will. There were times when I was yelling at the TV for a certain judge to buzz in and thinking he or she was crazy for passing on a person. Then there’s more suspense when the player gets to choose his or her coach. (I’m using coach and judge interchangeably here, by the way.) One of the coolest parts of the show is seeing the coaches fight over some of these budding stars. They make fun of each other and it makes the show that much more entertaining.
We’re only one episode in, but the show already seems to be a success.
While watching last night, I was following along with some people on Twitter. That seemed to be a pretty popular topic during the show. As a matter of fact, it was the top trending topic on Twitter worldwide. I think most of the success from that comes from the show itself, but NBC also put a hashtag in the bottom, right-hand corner of the screen to let people know how to talk about the show on Twitter. That was apparently successful.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
The Voice kicked off on a high note Tuesday night.
The Mark Burnett-produced singing competition improved NBC’s season average in the time period by 89 percent. With a 5.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 11.8 million viewers overall, it is the top-rated series premiere on a major network since CBS’ Undercover Boss debut following the 2010 Super Bowl.
For a show to do that well on a struggling network is pretty impressive. We’ll have to see how it does next week to get an idea as to whether or not it might be successful in the long run, however.
I know one thing… I’ll either be watching (if I’m home) or TiVoing (if I’m out). I will be a loyal viewer of this show because it is a unique concept. It’s not the same old boring ‘I’m gonna have three judges sit and talk about how a contestant did then give over all control to America who is going to pick who they want no matter what the judges say’ kind of show. Sure, the power will eventually shift to America, but this show seems to be about the process more than the judging. What also makes it fun is that it is a competition within a competition.
With that said, I don’t know who I’m pulling for in the singing portion, but I’m backing Adam Levine in the coaches portion. He seems to be picking the ones who I would be rooting for and so far, he has a pretty solid team. Sorry Blake Shelton, but I’m not sold on your picks yet (other than the cowboy). I could be wrong, but we’ll see!
Be sure to tune in next week at 9 PM on your NBC station (that’s 8 central if for some reason this post makes its way farther west). Let me know what you thought of the show and who your favorites are so far in the comments section.