Why You’ll Love The Voice

Disclaimer: Everything I am about to say is completely without irony. Oh, and there may be some mild spoilers.

You may not be a fan of reality television. You may see yourself as too evolved, too aware and really just too smart for such things. While a lot of reality television is simply candy for the frontal cortex, The Voice is the exception. It’s delicious and filling.

The premise of the show is intriguing. If you are somehow unaware of what that is, it goes like this: The judges/coaches (Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine) cannot see the contestants when they first audition. So, unlike with American Idol and other shows, there is no age limit and no physical bias. They choose based on voice alone. Beautiful people get turned away. It’s nothing like most of life. It’s part of the rare portion that is so sweet and pure that nobody can question its authenticity.

Eventually the coaches each pick teams of four. The people who make up the motley crew of performers are so amazing. A bald, proud dike (who can belt!) and a 41-year-old musician and dad of six, whose last shot may be this one, make up the cast. Even a former Idol contestant – who left Idol after a ridiculous scandal – makes the team. Cee Lo describes the theme of the show best when he says, “I am an endorser and advocate to exceptions to the rule.”

You will begin to really care about these people, these exceptions to the rule. Not only talented, they’re so likeable. You love them before they’ve even performed. And then they perform! It is an amazing thing to see a person redeemed. You may cry at parts.

There are so many surprises in this show. Adam Levine is not a douche! He appears to be kind and gracious and quite friendly to everyone. Blake seems to be an extremely down-to-earth, likeable country boy, as it were. Cee Lo is amazing, but you expected that. Christina can be a bit too “grrl power” but you tolerate her because her team is striking. At one point Christina and her team get up and sing “Lady Marmalade” and for a minute you cannot believe how much fun you’re having watching television.

As the show goes on, they audience is allowed to vote to “save” one person per episode, and they make it a live broadcast. The show looses some appeal here, as they appear unprepared at times for live television. This is overshadowed by more surprises. You begin to learn that the coaches have developed relationships with each team. The coaches not only bring in experts to include choreographers and other singers but they have spent time just hanging out with their teams. Christina mentions a year of working together to her team, during a dinner outing. The coaches are there to support, not to break down. It’s all quite different.

Sure, The Voice is for the lowest common denominator. It appeals to our human instincts by pitting people against each other, utilizing gimmicks (i.e. sad back stories), allowing us to chose who wins or loses, et cetera. But, it’s also for cynics and the smarty-pants who can’t help but want to feel. Watch it. Seriously. Oh, and casting for season two starts soon. TC mark

image – The Voice

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  • A.

    I watched this show last night for the first time and wanted to gauge my eyes out by the time the hour was over. I don't get how they picked on voice alone considering that maybe only 3 of the contestants sound good/have potential to win a BS show like this. Also, this show has showed me WHY Cee-Lo always wears sunglasses, because he is scary and ugly as fuck without them.

    • freddipass

      It is starting to lose its charm.

  • Editormiaminice

    I can't stop watching The Voice, I wanted to kill some time watching bad TV and got sucked into the show,  much like this author, in a total non-ironic way.

    • freddipass

      Yep, exactly. I turned it on thinking “oh great, Adam Levin and another fucking “talent” show.  Sometimes extreme boredom and cynicism works out.

  • Ms. Pants

    Love the show.  Want to punch Christina Aguilera in her fucking face.  I didn't mind her music so much before the show.  Figured she was probably a little stupid, but whatever.  After the show, I think she's a plague on both our houses and needs to be erased.

    • freddipass

      I hear ya Ms. Pants.  She is hard to deal with, but as I said, the rest of the characters make up for it.

  • lsl21
  • Lou

    1. America votes the winner. How is that in any way in line with the original premise of the show?

    2. Barely any of them can sing. 

    3. The panel of judges is horribly unqualified, minus Christina who's just fucking annoying to listen to. 

    4. Barely any of them can sing.

  • balls

    i wish this was written with irony

  • eferf57
  • your cousin

    I like it. As smug as I feel boasting that I have no idea what happened on 'American Idol' this season, I'll proudly admit to enjoying the hell out of this. Haters gonna hate.

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