Why I’m No Longer Watching The Voice

Nice make-up ChristinaYeah, so I’m pretty much done with this show. I won’t pretend as if it will miss me as a viewer. By all accounts, this show is a hit. NBC has already ordered a second season and even slotted it to premiere in that coveted spot after next year’s Super Bowl.

I watched all of the episodes up until missing The Voice two weeks ago. It was Tivo’d, but I never felt as if I needed to watch it, and when it was time to watch the next one, I didn’t make it a point to catch that either. As each day went by, I didn’t click on either of the saved recordings in my queue, and never did I feel like I was missing anything. No co-worker came up to me to ask whether I saw The Voice last night. I didn’t hear or read about anything spectacular that took place on the show. Weren’t the live performances supposed to have started? I mean, this is what we were supposedly waiting for, right?

So when I finally took the time to watch the past two shows I missed, I found myself fast-forwarding through both episodes, pausing just long enough to determine what song was being butchered and if the coaches said anything worthwhile. I don’t think I made it through an entire performance, and the coaches never said a thing controversial, critical, or amusing. I didn’t even care for when these supposed performing juggernauts covered Queen, in fact, it just showed how terrible an actual singer Cee-Lo is.

What happened to my interest in this show? While I never viewed it as a must-watch program, I always looked forward to watching it and then writing about it to post my thoughts on this website. After some thought (not much, mind you), I think I’ve identified the following three things that has caused my waning interest.

I’m ‘Idoled’Out Look, I get it this show isn’t trying to be Idol (yes it is). The judges don’t judge (yes, they do), they coach (no, they don’t). They are developing their own talent (Hi Frenchie!). Carson is not Ryan (True. Carson makes approximately $49.7 gazillion dollars less than Ryan and is more difficult to dislike). When it is all said and done, after 5 solid months of watching Idol, I am simply not interested in another reality singing competition. Besides, my summer is spent watching reality dancing competitions.

I Don’t Care About the Coaches we are supposed to view these four coaches as heavyweights in the industry, and while I thought each of them were initially, their participation in this show only served to diminish their careers in my eyes. I haven’t really learned anything more about them other than Adam Levine and Blake Shelton have more tattoos than I thought. Cee-Lo seems like a nice guy, but after those moments when he spun around in his chair after first hearing the contestants, he seems more interested in the performance than the actual singing. I mean, did he really make those two teenage girls sing ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy?’When a coach thinks that is a good idea, there has to be some serious questions raised about whether he was trying to sabotage those girls. As for Christina any interest in her is purely mean-spirited on my part. She has become a freak show in her appearance. In fact, as if her resemblance to a certain horror movie puppet wasn’t enough, Christina chose to torture us further by resurrecting Lady Marmalade with her largely talentless group of women. If I had to choose between watching that again or cutting off my foot with a dull, rusty hacksaw, I would seriously need some time to think about it.

I Don’t Care Who Wins In the end, indifference can destroy the momentum of any television program reality or otherwise. After seeing the contestants, the format and the performances, I simply don’t need to see any more because I don’t care. In fact, can we just give the title to Javier Colon and call it a day? I saw very little talent outside of this guy, who’s likeable, good-looking and can actually sing. Need we see more?

Not me. I’m watching So You Think You Can Dance.

A professional business writer and married father of two young girls, I struggle to find the time to watch everything captured by my Tivo every week. However, what I do watch, I feel the need to comment on - sarcastically.
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  • http://thecountyblues.tumblr.com The County Blues

    For me the whole show was a total scam.  First most of the people on the show were already chosen.  If you watch the first couple of shows only a few never made it through to be on the "Teams".  Second, after the people were chosen to be on the "Teams" the whole choosing the singer based on looks took hold for the most part.  I don't mean who is the prettiest.  I mean who has the most stage presence.  It is a joke of show just like all the other reality shows out there.

  • wuxroo

    OK yeah that is kinda crazy when you think about it.


  • Josh

    Yeah, I never understand why people waste their time watching shows like this, when nothing actually happens in them.

  • PRH


  • MZelle

    Blah blah blah blah blah. What it comes down to now, no one is willing to just listen to a song, and decide if the singer is good, one must listen, not look. Video did truly kill the radio star…..but, I believe in re-incarnation so, i'm sure the radio star will be back…..The Voice, has become the embodied voice……no one needs that visual……I've never seen the show, and don't need to. My advice to everyone, just turn off the tube, turn on the radio and if you don't like what you hear, make your own….

  • Jaybird

    Of course the show is rigged. *They* count the votes. Personally, I think it has most to do with iTunes sales. Whoever sells the most there will "win" because that is profit for the shows already.

    My trouble is that Christina is just plain mean to the other judges and wants to sleep with *everbody*, male and female.

  • A Webb

    My lack of enthusiasm comes from the music itself. Pop music isn't my first preference, and that's all these shows do. And they do it at great volume, with singers who won't hold a note for anybody's money. It's quite clear that  these people, pros and amateurs alike, think that expression is achieved by making dragging every note as as far as they can, going 'aahOOHaahOOHaahOOH" up and down the scale. It drives me nuts. Even the commercials – blasting every 20 minutes or so, with that nasty habit that advertisers have gotten into, of repeating a single sample of a song ad nauseum. ("COME ON!!!") ("COME ON!!!")("COME ON!!!")("COME ON!!!") Makes me want to tear my hair out.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnvalenty John Valenty

    I lost a lot of respect for all the judges – but especially Christina after watching the first few episodes. She constantly seems like she's drunk or high, stumbles her words, and offers *no* helpful advice. Of course, Idol hasn't been much better ever since Simon left.

  • madonna

    Did anyone else have a problem with the sound?  I never could understand anything they said or the words to any song.   The music and background totally drowned out the performers.  None of them sounded any good to me except Colon. Wish I could have heard him better.  Not impressed with this show, the judges, or the way they choose the talent.  Oh well.

    • Ben_DoverPls

      Maybe you need a better TV?

  • Ben_DoverPls

    My problem with The Voice is the battle round. The coaches will pit two really good singers against each other. And two so-so singers against each other. The problem is that one of the really good singers will have to leave even though that singer is much better than either of the two so-so singers. They need a more round robin type of elimination. The Voice needs to let the best singers float to the top. This show is all about finding the best voice. It's not about giving a not so great singer a shot.

    But I still like the show. I think it is better than Idol.