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New Show “The Voice” Offers a Refreshing Change For Reality TV

These days, reality shows are all the rage. Teen Mom, Jersey Shore, and The Bachelor are shows that require no talent to be on, while there are other reality shows focused on “talent.” One show that has been popular over the years is American Idol. The first five seasons of the show produced some well known singers. However, recent contestants of the show (and even the American Idol winners themselves) have failed to make it big in the music industry like former Idol alum’s Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Chris Daughtry (just to name a few.)

Somewhere along the line, American Idol stopped looking for real talent and started to focus more on commercial appeal. Season 8’s Katrina “Bikini Girl” Darrell is a perfect example. She was not a good singer, but still got the coveted Hollywood golden ticket simply because the male judges like her appearance (like the name implies, she auditioned in a bikini.)

NBC recently debuted a singing show of their own that may make talent shows seem legitimate again. The Voice has singers partake in blind auditions. While the contestants sing, the judges (including: Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton) have their backs turned so that they can focus on the singers voice rather than their appearance. If they like what they hear and want them for their team, they push a button which spins them around to face the singer.

Not only is this brilliant, but it is also refreshing. It’s no surprise that Hollywood has high expectations for a person’s outward appearance, so people who do not always meet these standards are rejected by record companies and never given a chance. The Voice shows girls that just because they might not fit the typical  “Hollywood image” that it doesn’t mean their dreams can’t come true!

**Ever since Pia Toscano got kicked off American Idol, I’ve stopped watching that show. She is seriously one of the best singers I’ve ever heard, and they were foolish to let her go, and give “the save” to Casey in the beginning. The remaining singers now left on AI in my opinion are just like karaoke singers, nothing extra special. What do you think of American Idol now? –Nicole **


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  1. Posted by on June 26, 2011 at 18:15

    I’m not really an American Idol fan I like America’s got talent and The voice, Next year if I get the chance to get over my stage fright, I might be in one of these shows!

  2. Posted by on June 25, 2011 at 12:00

    I am a Scotty and Lauren Alaina fan! I did like Pia except when she talked about going topless during her adition…

  3. Posted by on May 29, 2011 at 14:03

    I haven’t seen it. I will have to check it out. :3

  4. Posted by on May 27, 2011 at 13:30

    I never watched American Idol because of the title. I mean in says in the bible do not worship idols, but everyone’s favorite t.v. show has the word “Idol” in it. I was never a fan and never will be. But I’m loving the voice! 😀

  5. Posted by on May 22, 2011 at 07:56

    I LOOVVEE this show, it’s addictive, it focuses on real talent…..and (unlike American Idol) everyone that tries out can actually sing….there not just trying to be funny <3

  6. Posted by on May 15, 2011 at 14:48

    The Voice is SO amazing. much better than Americann Idol

  7. Posted by on May 8, 2011 at 10:51

    Oh my word I love The Voice soooooo much!! It’s my new favorite show! Thanks for posting this! I still like American Idol but I think that a lot of it relies on looks now. I still think James, Hailey and Lauren are amazing singers though. 🙂

  8. Posted by on May 7, 2011 at 09:00

    Here’s the thing. American Idol is COMPLETELY fake, spliced together, and staged at parts. I could sit here and rant about it, but go ahead. Look up some articles about people auditioning for American Idol and their experiences. They don’t even go in front of the three judges, rather producers who weed out all the uglies or people who aren’t wearing costumes. I haven’t decided whether or not The Voice is rigged, though. One of the contestants (Dia) has been in one of my favorite bands, Meg & Dia, and I know she’s not fake. She is a genuine person, and I don’t think she would become a sellout. Music is more important to her than the fans she gains imo.

  9. Posted by on May 6, 2011 at 12:51

    I think that this season of American Idol has a lot of good talent. I do miss Simon as he always said the truth, even if he was really harsh. I agree with you, Nicole, American Idol seems to really be looking for the people who will amp up the commercial appeal.
    I love how the Voice is set up. The judges can’t see the person and their own competition keeps they from doing mercy votes. There’s a lot of great talent, and I think a lot of the people who audition aren’t really the public’s view of “The Voice” because of their appearance, but their actual talent is amazing.

  10. Posted by on May 5, 2011 at 16:45

    Cool! I had heard about this show and didn’t know if it was any good. I also didn’t know much about Amarican Idol because I’ve only seen it like once but thanks for the info!

  11. Posted by on May 5, 2011 at 15:14

    I agree Nicole. I don’t think they should have manufactured singers as judges. Anyone can do that. They should keep it real.

  12. Posted by on May 5, 2011 at 14:57

    well, American Idol was kind of a great idea at first to help new American voices make it big in today’s world, but through the years our society and Hollywood have made it more of a looks show. God want us to protect our ears and eyes and sometimes with these people on American idol what they sing is anything but what God wants to hear from us, and anything that they wear can be far from modest. i don’t like to watch it now because of these saddening factors. Now “the voice” sounds like it should be better on the clothing part, but pray it can be a new hit show with pleasing singers. 🙂

  13. Posted by on May 5, 2011 at 14:32

    I love The Voice!! new fav show.

  14. Posted by on May 5, 2011 at 11:46

    There is a big difference between these two shows- you have to be invited to audition for The Voice. They only choose actual professional singers in the business already, whereas anyone in the age range can come to American Idol. I like the concept behind The Voice, but I don’t think it will last too long.

  15. Posted by on May 5, 2011 at 08:22

    i like american idol and this season has by far the most talent possibly ever! Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, and James Durbin…they all have extreme potential to be famous in Hollywood (with or without idol)!

  16. Posted by on May 4, 2011 at 21:29

    Love this show!!!!

  17. Posted by on May 4, 2011 at 18:09

    I think American Idol is still better. They saved Casey because he was good (EVEN though he wasn’t exactly attractive). If they had known Pia was going, they would’ve saved it for her. People shouldve voted for her. In my personal opinion, James and Haley have better styles, anyway. I’d buy their CDs. I probably wouldn’t get Pia’s CD because all she did were ballads. (But she does have an amazing voice)

  18. Posted by on May 4, 2011 at 18:02

    I like american idol and there is now way that james is a kareoke singer! don’t get mad that your favorite singer got kicked off! the judges didnt choose america did!