The Voice takes on American Idol

Victoria Santos, Journalism Student

Spring is the time television networks are out to discover new talent with TV shows like American Idol, America’s Best Dance Crew and America’s Next Top Model. NBC’s newest singing competition, The Voice, is gaining popularity quickly and since there has only been two episodes, it’s hard to make an assumption on whether the show will be a hit. One does wonder if The Voice will take over American Idol’s ten-season run as the best talent show.

“A search for The Best Voice in America,” is the slogan for NBC’s The Voice. This show was originally created in Holland and later adopted by NBC to compete with Idol and The X Factor. If you have not watched the show yet, it is a singing competition, where well established and award winning artists, Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton, are all judges and coaches. Each coach needs to build a team of eight people, which they’ll be working with to compete against other teams.

In the preliminary round, contestants sing to the coaches. To the show, the judges’ backs are turned so they cannot see performers sing. If one of the judges likes what he or she hears, he or she presses a button, which spins that judge around to face the contestant. If any other judges turn around, it is up to the contestant to pick what team he or she wants be in. This is so the judges can’t make judgments about the contestant based on looks.

No one can argue with the success of American Idol. The show gets thousands of auditions a year, and maintains viewers of all ages. Now with The Voice, people think Idol is superficial, due to the fact that it is a lot about the contestants’ looks. Idol seems to be more of an image-based show, due to the different personalities of the judges, the perfectly groomed, highlighted, charismatic host, and all of their famous guest artists.

In Idol, the best contestant doesn’t always win; take Casey Abrams and Chris Daughtry. They were both favorites and unexpectedly voted off the show. However, Idol leaves the decision to America. The judges know the best contestant will do great in the music business and perhaps the second will need the show’s help more.

The Voice has only had two episodes out, and there’s no way to compare two episodes to ten seasons. Although The Voice has a promising future, people don’t know if it will be as successful as Idol. Even though some may not like Idol, it is, and will continue to be successful for a reason. Surely, both will continue to be successful and though they’ll always be compared, they are both sources of entertainment to viewers all over the country.