The American version of the show is based on The Voice of Holland, and the program has knocked American Idol and The X-Factor USA right off our radars. With energetic and thankfully not awkward (cough cough Mario Lopez) Carson Daly as a host, the show was bound for the top of the charts. Add permanent coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine with this season’s judges Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, and you have a literal recipe for success.
The format of the show is radical and much cooler than that of let’s say, American Idol. Contests audition to coaches whose backs are turned. If a coach likes what he or she hears, all he or she has to do is hit a button to spin around.
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After the audition, the contestant either goes home empty handed if no one turns, is paired with the single coach who turned around, or choose between multiple coaches. What I like most about the show is that unlike some other reality singing competitions, The Voice doesn’t exploit people for not having incredible talent. All the contestants that audition most definitely have some sort of talent, whether it be incredible or needing some small improvements.
With that said, that’s where this season has left off for the week. We watched the Battle Round for two weeks and there were numerous wonderful battles. Specifically, Gwen Stefani’s pairing of Sugar Joans and Jean Kelley singing “Survivor” was crazily dynamic to watch. I wouldn’t have wanted to be Gwen and have to choose between them. Adam Levine put together an impossible pairing including Alessandra Castronovo and Joe Kirk. The two sang “Stay” by Rhianna, and though there was a huge age and height gap between the two, emotion was thick on The Voice stage. Lastly, Pharrell’s battle between DaNica Shirey and Toia Jones, who sang Beyoncé’s “Halo.” Both contestants had lost their fathers, and during the battle, everyone could tell that the song was for the pair’s angels. To see some of the battles, visit www.nbc.com/the-voice.
Now that the Battle Round is over, we Voice fanatics are holding our breath for the next section of the competition. We know that contestants will start to pick their own songs to perform, which I think is awesome. It’s these rounds where we truly see who these potential stars want to be. Do they love storytelling? Are they fans of ballads? What about a good dance number?
Past winners of The Voice and even finalists have really made names for themselves in the industry. Obviously, the show yields artists who understand and love music. I think that unlike some other shows, this one makes people love what they're doing more instead of making the gift of music yet another reality show topic. Just watching the show is an inspirational experience, believe it or not!