This week saw two very popular shows albeit the recent ratings will say differently crown winners. The Dancing With The Stars trophy went to NFL Wide Receiver, Donald Driver. At the very beginning I had picked Roshon Fegan (Disney’s Shake It Up) to win the mirror ball trophy but he didn’t even make it to the finals. The NFL has a good history with the Dancing With The Stars program with previous winners Emmitt Smith and more recently Hines Ward. You never know, we may see a Tim Tebow in the future depending on whether or not his popularity rises or falls in New York. Opera Singer, Katherine Jenkins and Cuban actor, William Levy came in second and third respectively which will only help boost their public images.
American Idol saw their finale despite it being the lowest rated one in history. Fox was happy to know that it dominated the social media platform despite the t.v. ratings. In the end it was Phillip Phillips who was declared the winner in an Idol season that I thought was ultimately going to end up with Jessica Sanchez celebrating a victory at the end. I was wrong with both predictions but this is part of the unpredictability of reality television or perhaps the predictability of a popularity contest.
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.
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.