As far as reality shows go, to do a singing competition is pretty much the toughest to maintain especially since America’s most watched TV show for the past few years is a singing reality competition. So when a show like NBC’s The Voice premiered this summer, everyone took it with a grain of salt. However, no one saw that this is probably the most refreshing, and best musical competition existing right now.
It all started with the blind auditions. Probably gimmicky to some, but this is the perfect way to gain steam and for the show to leave an impact to its viewers. For two weeks, we saw the judges pressed that buttons, sell themselves, and even gave second chances to some (poor Joann Rizzo, probably my favorite reality star this season. LOL). Battle rounds were more crucial as we said goodbye to many deserving candidates (Rebecca Loebe, Kelsey Rey, Tje Austin) and then we’re off to the Live Shows, where we’ve seen four people go home each week, until we had the final four (one for each team) and ultimately, Javier Colon won as the first “The Voice” of America.
The season went by pretty fast, though it’s pretty expected as this has been the trial season for NBC’s musical hit contest. Rest assured though that Season 2 will have more episodes and and will be on a more moderate pace, as NBC is gonna milk it for what its worth. What’s unexpected though is the awesome chemistry we saw from the four coaches. Who would have thought that Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera will have this very playful chemistry that helps provide the energy of the show. Not only did we see them train the contestants themselves, but we have seen another part of their personality regarding their own personal experiences in this business. That will remain as one of the biggest assets of this show, and I’m glad to know that all coaches will be back for Season 2. It has also been a very good platform in promoting themselves and their music. I’m pretty confident that Blake Shelton is now a household name, and a very famous one. All thanks to the show.
Also, the performances of the finalists are all worth mentioning. Whether it’s the theatrics of Cee-Lo’s group, or the simplicity of Blake’s, the performances were clearly appreciated as we see the coaches be in charge behind the scenes in terms of the overall outcome. That’s why I actually don’t have a problem when they rarely say anything negative during live shows. The coaches can reserve the constructive criticisms on the rehearsals as it is the better venue to do so. it’s not like commenting just for the sake of stirring some fake buzz or showing off favoritism among some finalists. Plus, the songs! OMG, it’s as current as it gets! Who would have thought that a Ke$ha song will ever be sung on a singing competition? Not me, definitely! I love that there are no themes per weeks, and focuses on the strengths of the contestants. After all, they’re newbies, you don’t expect them to be bravura right off the bat.
All in all, this was a very good season for The Voice. The winner was strong, and I’ll even go as far as saying that the top four is extremely good. I wouldn’t be shocked if all four get record deals as I know that their coaches will probably get one for them. There are definitely rooms for improvement (yes, Carson I’m pointing at you), but for a trial freshman season, this went beyond my expectations! Actually when I was watching the last few minutes before the announcement of the winner, I did not feel that I’m watching a competition, but more of a celebration of talent. That’s how effective it is! Kudos to everyone involved! 🙂
Season Grade: solid A
Next post is dedicated to The Voice’s best performances of the season.