Snore. Snooze. Overkill. Not another singing competition. That pretty much sums up the reaction to The Voice, which premiered last night on NBC. Even star judges like Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine couldn't save it -- in fact, they kind of just cluttered things up.
While it wasn't a total American Idol ripoff, it was clear the show was trying hard (too hard) not to be AI. So instead of just singing, there was a host of silly gimmicks, like the judges not facing the contestants, buttons to be pushed, and a competition for teams. A straight-up ripoff would have been more welcome. None of it worked, and while there was definitely some talent, it was difficult to watch without thinking, So if you're this good, why aren't you on American Idol?
Speaking of which, one of the contestants last night was a former AI reject. Remember Frenchie Davis? She was the one who got kicked off the show's second season when topless pictures of her were found on an adult website. Apparently, she's not too racy for The Voice. After belting out Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl," she was chosen by Aguilera.
The real problems with The Voice, however, "begin with the fact that it exists," as Ken Tucker at Entertainment Weekly says. "TV has just about reached the bursting point of 'discovering new talent'; there’s nothing in this show that you couldn’t have gotten from American Idol, America’s Got Talent, or The Sing-Off."
It's not just in singing either that we've reached the point of competition show saturation. There are multiple shows for every competition one can think of -- from singing to dancing to modeling and home improvement. When there's a game for everyone to win, we don't really care anymore who does.
Did you watch The Voice? What did you think?
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