The Voice vs American Idol(Guest Post)

The Voice or American Idol?  

It’s no secret that American Idol has been going strong for quite a while now. With the show now in its 10th season it has already made many singers famous. No show has ever come close to American Idol. At least not until the The Voice came along. Mark Burnett’s new show on NBC is giving Idol some stiff competition. In a way, it’s much too early to hand out the final verdict. After all, The Voice had finished only 1 season. Idol is 9 seasons ahead of it. Still the public is already asking, is The Voice better that Idol? Let’s look at some factors.

Chance to succeed.

When it comes to giving out chances, Idol is the clear winner in this category. After all it goes all over America giving anyone who would like to try the chance to audition. And when I say anyone, I mean anyone. I’ve heard the worst singers in history in Idol auditions. On the upside that’s part of the shows charm. You can really have a good laugh listening to people who are tone deaf trying to sing. On the other hand, The Voice, has already preselected the “best” singers in the world to be one of the 16 contestants for the show. Yes, most of them are good. But the question is, are they really the best? Where did they get these singers?


The basic concept of Idol is to select the best singer in America based on the audition results, the judge’s comments and the people’s votes. The focus is more on the entire package: voice, appearance and stage presence. In comparison, The Voice focuses more on the vocals of each contestant – at least during the preliminary stage. During the first part, the judges all have their backs to the stage. If they like what they hear they press the red button and their chair turns. This will give them the chance to take that particular singer in as part of their team. The Voice has added a unique twist to the whole selection process. In terms of concept, The Voice takes this round.


Idol has a power house cast of judges: Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez. But then The Voice also has Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo and Blake Shelton – huge stars in their own right. In this round, it’s a tie for me.

Audience Connection.

One thing that Idol has done right is that it reveals a bit about each contestant. This gives the viewers something to care about. It connects them to each contestant on a more emotional level. The Voice, on the other, rushes right on to the competition.

All in all, it’s too early to tell whether The Voice is better than Idol. But so far, NBC’s new show seems to be on the progress of catching up to Idol.

“Amy C. is an interior decoration aficionado and online marketer.  Aside from being an avid reader, she also likes testing and trying new home and office decorating themes.  In addition to being an interior decoration hobbyist, she enjoys designing 

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