Jason Howard Green

Jason Howard Green

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Voice! Will It Be Bigger Than Idol?

Why am I only now hearing about The Voice? Apparently The Voice will launch this fall on NBC and it is their attempt to jump on the bandwagon of singing competitions. I'm loving the idea behind this show. The celebrity judges include several of my favorites - pop diva Ms. Christina Aguilera, the new king of all funk Cee-Lo Green, one of the sexiest white men alive Adam Levine, and the country artist with the most intense eyes on the planet Blake Shelton

I'll admit I am a bit intrigued by the concept of the show. The judges will not get to see the contestants while they audition. They will have their backs to the performers as they sing and they must decide whether they like the contestant based on nothing but their voice. But is it just me, or do you find it interesting that these judges were picked to judge people based strictly on their singing abilities when . . . well just look at them in the pics I've included.

I already know I'll be watching this when it comes out. I mean seriously - Christina, Cee-Lo and Adam Levine on the same show. I really do love them and inspite of their images, these are really some of the most talented people in the music business. This is a must watch for the judges alone. So I'm pulling for this to be a success. X-tina has the greatest sets of pipes since pre-crack Whitney. I could listen to her all day but let's be serious, would she be as successful as she is if that golden voice did not come in such a beautiful package?

Cee-Lo Green (solo or with Gnarls Barkley) has been responsible for some of the funkiest and baddest music we've heard from anyone in a while. I was so pulling for The Song Also Known As Forget You to win Best Song on this years Academy Awards. His song Crazy was in such heavy rotation in my house that I almost left my husband. Really - I almost snapped. I had one of those, "if you play that song one mo' time" moments. But seriously the song was great.

Mr. Levine (as the lead singer of Maroon 5) has given me some of the most soulful music I've heard from a blue-eyed crooner in many a moon. But everytime I hear him sing I think about this picture on the left and I love him just that much more. So although he is talented, it is the way he looks that draws me and many of his fans back to his music over and over again. All of these judges (Blake Shelton included) have relied on their looks to help with their careers. And it is their looks that is going to help with the success of The Voice.

I do have my concerns about the show. It will be hosted by Carson Daily who can be funny at times (and can be not so funny at times). Also this show may be coming out at the wrong time. American Idol has already started and its already down to the thirteen finalists and everyone will soon be invested in that show. And I'm gonna be real - the hype surrounding Simon Cowell's X-Factor cannot be denied. All eyes (mine included) are wondering what Simon has up his sleeve.

I've always been a fan of singing competitions (I've been one since the days of Star Search) and I'm pulling for The Voice. But I'm also excited to see what X-Factor is going to bring. Thus far everything touched by Cee-Lo and Christina and Adam Levine have turned to gold for me so I think they could make something magical happen on this show. But the charm and charisma of these folks could cancel each other out and the show could be a big old flop. We'll know soon.

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