“Idol” vs. “The Voice”
While Fox’s “Idol” has quite literally produced some of THE idols of the century, (think Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry and of course the Golden Globe and SAG award-winner Jennifer Hudson) they’ve also produced some of the biggest flops. The only reason we know Taylor Hicks is because he’s a total weirdo, and seriously, who even won season 12?
In “The Voice’s” six seasons, they have yet to produce a media sensation, with the exception of Adam and Blake’s bromance. PR at it’s finest. Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbury both made it big in country music, but they’re no Carrie Underwood. The coaches have said though, that they want to make their contestants into real artists that can have longevity in the business. In reality, singers don’t blow up overnight. It takes time and effort, not just puppy dog eyes for the camera.
Over the past few seasons, “Idol’s” popularity has gone down, while “The Voice’s” has risen. I think obviously this had to do with the Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj fiasco, (but really, you didn’t see that coming?). That isn’t the only reason Idol’s ratings are dwindling. Idol has Keith Urban. Swoon. He writes Nicole Kidman a love note for every single night that they aren’t together. I’m obsessed, I watch just for him! I don’t think “likeability” is the problem, I like all of the judges on “American Idol,” but I’d much rather flip on “The Voice.”
If the judges/coaches make or break the show, “The Voice” obviously takes the cake. J-Lo and Harry Connick Jr. are super cool and everything, but the chemistry between the coaches in the red chairs is red hot. Since Usher and Shakira appeal much more to audiences than X-tina and Cee Lo, I think things can only go up from here. Seriously, how weird can Cee Lo get? Creepy. Thank God he’s not coming back.
“The Voice” perfectly balances competition and chemistry. The coaches fight about how badly they love the singers – not which one of them is the mightiest Queen-B of them all (ahem, Nicki, Mariah, ahem) for their own egos. Watching Adam and Blake bicker over a contestant never fails to entertain, but the repetition of “Idol’s” format has gotten old. Well, watching Adam do anything never fails to entertain. Am I
Talent-wise, I think the two shows match up evenly. Obviously the best part of “Idol” is watching the horrible, horrible singers that show up. You know who I’m talking about when you hear William Hung, and the phrase “pants on the ground” makes you laugh. “The Voice” just cuts the crap out, and inserts a new type of comedy into the program.
Maybe “Idol”’s lackluster performance over the past few seasons relates to the key word that isn’t used on “The Voice”: Judges. While Simon Cowell’s snarky remarks made us laugh, I think that society in general is a little tired of being judged, judging others and watching other people judge other people. While, yes, this year’s judges provide guidance and criticism in a kinder manner than Cowell, the personal, mentoring style of the coaches on The Voice caters to what viewers want.
I want to see that the coaches keep in touch with contestants. I want to see them having family dinner at Blake’s house. I don’t want to hear “well, it was pitchy” ever again for the rest of my life. It’s camaraderie and unity that people gravitate to, and “The Voice” really latched onto that and executes it perfectly.
What can we conclude from all this? “The Voice” rocks and “American Idol” sucks. No, no, no. I am totally kidding! In my opinion, “The Voice” changed the game. Coaches instead of judges, a hand-picked crop of talented contestants, a quartet of talented, funny, accomplished superstars that genuinely love each other – and aren’t afraid to show it. “Idol’s” format seems outdated because it only worked when Simon, Paula and Randy sat at the judge’s table and had their own chemistry.
Any thoughts on why “Idol” is lagging behind? Or maybe you think I’m totally wrong and “Idol” blows “The Voice” out of the water.
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