April 27th, 2011
10:55 AM ET

'The Voice' reaches viewers, but critics? Not so much

NBC’s relentlessly promoted singing competition “The Voice” finally arrived on Tuesday night, kicking off with two hours hosted by none other than Carson Daly.

Last night was the first round of the “blind auditions,” when potential contestants perform as the coaches – that would be Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton - listen with their backs to the performer.

Some of that roughly 120 minutes felt tedious - did we really need to see a mini-performance from the coaches right off the top? – but once they rolled out their first contestant, "The Voice" began to show its virtues (as well as a few of its flaws).

The idea is that it’s not just the performers who are in a competition, but the coaches as well. Each of the four famed recording artists has to build a team of 8 singers, one of whom will eventually win $100,000 and a Universal Republic recording contract while the coach gets the…bragging rights, we guess, of being the one to discover said voice.

So if a coach likes what he or she hears as the singer performs during the blind auditions, they have to chime in with a buzzer. If more than one coach wants the singer, they have to make their case and let the performer decide.

Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker notes that “The Voice” “was less about the strenuous voices of the singers than the yammering voices of its celebrity ‘coaches,’” but that dynamic quickly revealed itself to be the most entertaining part of the show.

The singing was fine and all – “The Voice” only spotlights those who can actually carry a tune, versus “Idol’s” tradition of point-and-laugh auditioning - but with the exception of a few stand-out performers, it was the coaches and their banter that kept my attention. Plus, it was a refreshing change to see the coaches begging for an opportunity to work with a singer instead of the contestants doing the groveling.

But as Gawker points out, “When tallying the number of times Aguilera makes a weird facial expression is the most entertaining thing about a heavily hyped new reality show, then that's a problem.”

First up was 31-year-old Tarralyn Ramsey, who had a rocky start but showed more strength and confidence in her skills towards the end. Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo both hit their buzzers, and Tarralyn sided with Xtina.

The following contestants followed the same pattern: Country singer Patrick Thomas, 20, took the stage and sang a solid rendition of “Live Like You Were Dying,” and when it came down to choose between Cee Lo, Adam and Blake, Thomas understandably went for Mr. CMA male vocalist of the year, Blake Shelton.

The rest of the first hour was enjoyable but it still lacked in suspense, which industry trade paper Variety has dinged as a potential problem.

“‘The Voice’ might find its stride in subsequent episodes, but for all the high-powered pop wattage on display, it's a concept with surprisingly little juice,” Variety’s critic says. “The show's big gimmick - that the judges don't see the artists during their audition, sitting with their backs to them - turned out to be completely ho-hum.”

Not even the appearance of Frenchie Davis, the former “American Idol” contestant who got the boot for some risqué photos she posed for at 19, could drum up any excitement. She sang her way onto Christina Aguilera’s team with an unimpressive rendition of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl.” (This may not be “Idol” but song choice still matters, people.)

A married couple from Nashville also made it through after singing a beautiful version of “Falling Slowly,” landing on Blake’s team, and Cee Lo snatched up coaches favorite Kelsey Ray, whose performance of “American Boy” was almost overshadowed by her looks once the coaches turned around.

If there’s a bone to pick, that was it for me: Please, please, please stop acknowledging that this show is all about “the voice." The remarks of how “cute” or “pretty” or “well-matched” the contestants were once the coaches spun around to see the him or her was laid on a little too thick.

We get it; this singing show is supposed to be all about talent as opposed to image or age or stage presence but let’s be honest – someone had to cast these people. And they likely didn’t do it with their backs turned.

By the time we got to the second hour though, there was a moment of actual suspense and surprise as 22-year-old Jeff Jenkins took the stage and proceeded to blow the coaches away singing “Bless the Broken Road.” Jeff’s performance and the ensuing “battle” to work with him was clearly “The Voice’s” concept at its best, even though they should’ve issued a spoiler alert for tipping the audience off that Jeff would end up with Adam Levine.

For me that moment of cohesion came only a few times throughout the two hours, notably with 33-year-old Javier Colon, whose take on “Time after Time” I briefly considered buying on iTunes, as NBC kept encouraging me to do.

Yet while the critical reaction has been middling to harsh - not even Carson Daly escaped critique, with the Village Voice saying his role is a "massive liability" - the viewers seemed to eat it up.

"'The Voice' is a great show," tweeted Buff1der. "I've never watched any of these talent tv shows before but I'll be watching this when I can." The sentiment was repeated throughout the Twitterverse as the show closed out: "Ok, so 'The Voice' kind of rocked. I think we'll make this a weekly thing," wrote one user, while another tweeted, "The Voice kicked ass. i love it." Said yet another,"I approve of the Voice. The show was entertaining. Far more interesting than 'Idol.'"

Both iReporters Sukhraj Beasla and Kathi Cordsen enjoyed it, and perhaps this tweet summed it up the best: "'The Voice' was about a million times better than I thought it was going to be."

If you watched it, what did you think? Are you planning on tuning in next week? Let us know with an iReport or with a comment below!

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  1. Gdawg

    Christina is all about herself and nobody else, she seems almost worried that one of these people are going to take her place in the charts. Blake is great, would love to meet him, very sincere. Ceelo, well I really am not into rap, hip hop and all of that junk music but do respect him as an artist. Adam, hey come up to my place and have a few beers and record in my home studio with me, you're great. I've been in the music industry for 35 years and have done well and know what I'm doing. Blake, I've got a great song you or Miranda could record and make a huge hit. I've written a lot of great music.
    Cheers boys and gal from Atlantic Canada. Gdawg.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Landscaping 47401

    Thanks for the wonderful article, I was researching for details like this, going to check out the other articles.

    March 25, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Colleen Sullivan

    I have to say this show was wonderful. I perform in a choir and know what it is like to go through auditions like that. Blind Auditions are the way they really get the talent for PMEA District, Regional, State, and National Choir. It allows real talent to come through. It was nice to not see the fakeness of American Idol where if you're not interesting or pretty enough you're off. Behind the scenes of idol, you dont show up on TV if you dont have an interesting back story to tell them. Wanna know how i know? MY best friend went through the process, got to hollywood, and got booted off. She's an alto in our choir and an amazing singer. Idol doesn't let its contestants take job offers for 2 years after being booted off or you get sued for millions of dollars. Big Problem. After this show runs its course, hopefully they dont screw their contestants over like idol does. This show has great potential to bring out real talent without making it into a drama scene.

    April 29, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Carole Clarke

    Famed recording artists? Never heard of any of them before except Aguilera and her only for screwing up our National Anthem. The only good thing about these singing and dancing contest shows is that it is one way a talent can get heard or seen. It's very hard to get noticed by the producers who control the money in the entertainment industry. You can wait years before getting the big opportunity, like Susan Boyle did in Britain. Too bad they can't afford real talent judges.

    April 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rancho mom

    I was surprised at how entertaining the show was, I got a kick out of the "coaches" performing at the top of the show, that was great! My husband who finds most TV boring and un-watchable, watched the whole program and enjoyed it too!

    April 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Donlizard

    There's nothing new or fresh about this show.

    It's just another lame karaoke show. Boooooring!

    April 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Class of 95

    I went to middle and high school with Javier. He was a great singer even back in the day! Everyone in Stratford is rooting for him! He was the best of the night 😉
    TEAM ADAM and JAVIER!!!!

    April 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pleased

    I thought it was Great. My wife was trying to convience me it would be great for the last month, and I didn't want any part of it. I sat down with hear yesterday and we watched it on the DVR and I was very surprised of how entertaining it was. It helps probably that we are fans of Cee Lo, Christina, Maroon 5, and Blake Shelton. We will tune in to watch this every week now. American Idol is still more relevant, but The Voice is more like a game show take on AI. Way to produce something entertaining NBC other than America's Got Talent.

    April 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. well

    meh ill pass on this one

    April 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. KellyD

    The practice of "oversinging" has become more rampant from Christina Aguilera she does too much bending, stretching and otherwise torturing notes that don't deserve such brutal fates. I am tired of hearing her vocal aerobics that almost sounds like yodeling. She does way too much embellishing to a song to the point where the melody is no longer recognizable. She is no longer pleasant to hear and never was. Nor is Christina really singing – it's more like she is screaming on key. She is the definition of the over singer its really sad that its become to common to the point where it is accepted as really singing. Music is a joy to hear rather than a nightmare to be forgotten. Just like Christina's floundering career, its forgotten.

    April 28, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cho

    I was hesitant about watching this... especially as I found myself not watching Idol anymore half way through last year's season. So far, I've loved it. I really like the gimmick of the coaches not seeing the contestants initially. You could see some of them really light up as they realized that a coach wanted them on their team; and conversely, you saw one contestants hopes die as no buttons were pushed. How the show is going to work once the blind auditions areover? We'll have to wait and see. But I think it's got potential. The coaches will be working with their teams, so it'll be interesting to see what directions they push their team members towards.

    April 28, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Nanci Eisner

    I will buy Javier Colon's rendition of "Time After Time" ...it is outstanding. I didn't think anyone could/would/should ever be as special as Cyndi's version. His version is great. He is not pitchy, sharp or flat. Very personable, unique and talented. Maybe down the road, I'll tune in depending what is against it. For the firsst time since it started, I left IDOL
    for CRIMINAL MINDS reruns. I just don't find the talent interesting. They can sing & might wind up on a cruise ship or lounge, but there is no Adam Lambert & he didn't win. Was it Kris Allen who did? Adam Lambert can sell tickets to a concert and so can Jennifer Hudson. Again, they didn't win. The Judges on VOICE seem nice, in fact, quite a pleasant surprise, so please let me know why I was yawning.

    April 28, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. maryu

    The fact that anyone picked Frenchie Davis after her terrible singing leads me to believe that the people to be picked are already determined and the question is just who's team they will be on. No one would have picked her after that terrible performance unless the picks were determined ahead of time, she is there for a little controversy.

    Seems kind of huge over hype for a ho hum show maybe it will get better

    April 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Warner Koritan-great neck

    Watch and Enjoy.

    April 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Waddington R. Clarke

    Well said and fairly said.

    April 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  16. keldoran

    So...all you racial morons.You're just lookin for a fight.Blow it out ur ass!!
    You fail to be part of the solution and continue to be part of the problem.Most of those racial comments apperared to come from our African American population...when are you gonna get it right.I am tired of making excuses for your behavior!
    The point:.try being more of a person and less of a black..white...ect.
    Get it???
    Good music ...some great singers with rice potential!

    April 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Marion

    loved it – will watch it again – very entertaining.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Marion

    It was very entertaining – i loved it – will watch it again to be sure.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Tara

    I did watch some of it and SIMPLY COULDN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE when there was a commercial between EACH singer that lasted as long as the on-air time. Ugh. We'll DVR it and watch it FF in the future. But we'll definitely watch it.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Nana

    I loved it. The way it open was wonderful to see all of them sing Crazy! Just showed how great these judges are. That sounded better then the record. A country boy like Blake singing a Gnarls Barley song wow. Now let's see them sing Who are you when I'm not around.

    April 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Nissa

    My boyfriend and I choose to watch this spur of the moment since nothing else was on. While we didn't think the opening song choice was very catchy I'm glad we decided watched the whole thing.
    We were happy that all of the contestants were a good variety and a descent level of talent and several we even would listen to again. However, we also we're confused on HOW they were choosen and by whom they were picked.
    I would've also preferred the judges not to be able to have seen each other. It did seem at times they were influenced by each other in that respect.
    The Commercial breaks were more often than I would've liked even if some of them weren't that long. I just feel it took away from watching the show as a whole.
    But overall it was enjoyable to watch and quiet humorous at some points. Though I could use with Cee Los u"Hey, Pretty Girl" comments. it's about their voice not their bodies. Hope he remembers that and doesn't show favortism to some of his choices.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Kim

    To the person earlier who was wondering if looks really do matter.....ofcourse they do, have you been under a rock?! That is the point of the show......American Idol definitely uses looks in their determinations for the show. I enjoy this, because people of all ages who have talent, have a chance. I thought it was fun to watch and will be fun to have favorites to root for as it goes on....fun concept, and fun to see the judges not always get what they want too 🙂

    April 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  23. RosethePose

    Really loved the show, especially due to not being judged by your looks. I am surprised Christina Aguilera, who is the best female singer out there, took the offer. She is too super talented but it's nice she decided to have some fun. Good Choice Christina...you have always been better than Britknee Fears, Pinko, and GaG.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  24. draya

    Why would anybody care if it was all white anyway? It was very mixed culturally but I'm just saying.....there's alot of black shows and white people don't complain about that. Would you complainers be happy if all the white people were omitted? Man... I can't get over how critical people are. Are any of you critics producing any spectacular shows that you want to brag about or do you just sit around and look for something to whine about? I liked the show and all the talent.... and that saucy blonde (Christina) is adorable!

    April 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  25. dougo

    A show about up and coming singers...what a novel IDEA...NOT

    April 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Ric

    Managed to make it through the whole show.. but won't make the mistake again.. The only 2 things that made it the LEAST bearable were Christina's Boobs..(And all the " Closeups " thereof ) Although C-los Creept Stubby little T-rex arms DID distract me a bit
    * Full Body Shudder*

    April 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Chris

    I don't like much but I really liked this show. It was sort of "Shark Tank" meets American Idol.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  28. njgirl

    I absolutely loved the show the talent was fantastic and the chemistry with the judges kept me glued to the set... idol who 🙂

    April 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  29. denim

    I think Voice is a major feature of the Bene Geserit.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  30. JAK

    I thought it was great !!

    April 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Heather L

    My son & I really enjoyed it, it is so much better than Idol, we think. His bedtime is 9:30 but I let him stay up to 10:00 so he could watch the whole show. We will be watching next week 🙂

    April 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Chickenhawk

    I watched this with my daughter, expecting it to be dreadfully boring. Instead, I was amazed at how talented some of the singers were. Who cares about the judges - some of the contestants are truly impressive. Has been a while since Idol had anyone as talented as half the singers who performed last night. Based on America's love for reality shows and the talent on-hand for "The Voice", I'd say this one's a hit for NBC.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Gail

    GREAT show – did not turn away from the tv for the entire time, and cannot wait for the next episode. Awesome, talented people (not a bunch of people that do not belong before an audience) Love the show.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  34. shilha

    It was awful. I hated it. Too slow, too boring and i hope it gets canceled

    April 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  35. David

    I enjoyed the show and look forward to next week's installment. This is a fresh break from American Idol. I'm a 'convert' for sure.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  36. SalmaOM

    The Voice was soooooooooo boring that I had to turn off in the middle of the show. Christina Aguilera looks too fat , like a Matrona , this show is boring and makes no sense.

    April 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Abbi

    So far, so good. At least there is the "premise" that they are chosen on talent, not their looks or "back stories".

    April 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Alex

    I changed the channel. It's all a bunch of wanna-be-has-beens who didn't make it onto Idol or some other reality show. The judges have no chemistry with one another and seem to be trying harder than the contestants to impress the audience. Xtina looked like a pig stuffed into a dress. It's all very second-rate and dragged out to the point of being torturous.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jazzy

    I love it, I wasnt sure what to think of this Idol Like show, but I liked the twists of them not seeing the preformers and the judges are WAY more entertaining and interesting than the Idol judges, I'll watch it again. I like all of the judges as well, they all make good music, so they were good choices.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  40. rob

    this already aired? they should have done some promotions for it

    April 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  41. rob dixon

    I differ with this review. This show was entertaining nd was truly about the voice rather than popularity. Idol reduces their judges to nothing but critiques. Here the judges actually play a role. I loved this show and will watch it again.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Gail

    I have been watching the promo for a week or so. I loved the show. It was so much fun to watch the banter between everyone. I will watch to the end.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Jeanine

    It like it because it is something different and you don't have to listen to the rotten people.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Caborican


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  45. MarciaMarcia

    My mentor is Kenny Banya.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  46. cheryl

    Javier was amazing. I've seen him in person and he is extremely talented. I hope the show does well.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Chad

    This show is about as entertaining as Christinas' last rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  48. John

    Yes, anyone that watches "reality" tv IS a moron. What else would you call people that really believe all that they see on tv is true? Must be the same morons that believe everything in print is true also?

    April 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Ron in Californiar

    The downside is hat it will be measured against American Idol which is immensely popular.Additionally, they try to build suspense by focusing on the judges to much. The viewers don't really care about arms ad fingers we'd like to see the performers. The upside...Christina Aguilara is boobalicious.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Christian

    Besides too many commercials and not enough singing...I loved it! Christina marry me!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Cindy

    I am not an Idol fan so this was a refreshing change; I like the format too.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Joie

    I really liked the show. There were a few "bumps", but overall I really enjoyed it.

    It even had my co-workers and boss' talking about it at breakfast this morning. I have it on my DVR to watch some parts I missed. I will definitely be watching the whole season of the show.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joie

      And just because I noticed a lot of this – I wanted to clarify that I am not a big watcher of reality tv either. I have watched an episode here and there of Idol, never DWTS (except to watch NKOTB! :)) and none of the Real Housewives or anything like that.

      The Voice was good because it was good. Not because I have a weird addiction to reality television.

      Just sayin'.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Jaycee

    I thought it was great. At least all of the contestants had at least a measure of talent. Idol has become tiresome. The contestants were good and interesting, but I love the the judges/coaches. And what a unique way to open the show – "Crazy" is an awesome song when it's just sung by Cee Lo Green, but by all of them – it was great! I really like the premise of the judges choosing contestants by just listening to them. GOOD SHOW! (for a change)

    April 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  54. tiredof tvschlock

    No I din't watch, and I don't plan on watching. I don't watch Idol, or DWTS or anything else to do with singing or claiming to be 'reality tv'. They should reclassify these shows as sad and tiresome tv.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ikizdim

      Then why read the story, and why go further by commenting on it? Makes no sense.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  55. 06redmini

    Love it. Love the fact that they had to decide based on just the voice and not the appearance of the performer.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  56. teresa, ohio

    I like this show... I think it is well done with the introductions and info of the participants. I think its cool how the judges can only judge a voice FIRST. Christina needs to be careful: her facial expressions reveal way too much.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  57. beachmom3

    Cant stand idol anymore; this show was pretty good! The witty banter was perfect and i like the fact that a few singers had to choose amongst the judges. Even my kids liked it- we don't watch alot of tv but we'll watch this on tuesdays as long as they air it!

    April 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  58. B Smith

    Loved the show! I thought I'd be disappointed with what I figured was an American Idol wanna-be, but I was pleasantly surprised that the show kept my interest the entire time! Great contestants too! It was a nice change to watch singers who all have a special gift instead of some that are only cast for ratings reasons, etc.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  59. LF

    I really enjoyed it. I think the singers have more raw talent than some of the American Idol contestants that are left, and AI has had more coaching.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Gigi

    Loved it!!! I will be watching every week. Don't know what was up with all the criticism from the author of this article though???

    April 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  61. pointless1

    Wasn't bad worth taping to see performances but I know I couldn't sit through it from beginning to end without having the ability to fast forward..

    April 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Meh

    Interesting concept but the show fell flat for me. I didn't think the talent was all that great and I know the premise is for "blind" auditions but I just don't think it transfers well to entertaining tv, I like watching people perform, some of those contestants were practically singing with their hands stuffed in their pockets...I turned it off after the first hour due to boredom.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  63. CoolDude

    I think there should be a new show called "Watching Paint Dry" It would be more interesting than the 14 singing shows on tv currently. Then it could probably have its own spinoff.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  64. KaPat

    Yes, another reality singing show, but it felt fresh. The banter between judges was great (oh! let the back-biting begin!) and singing was all over the place...some good, some bad and some brilliant (Javier – YEOW!!!).

    April 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Jenn

    Who exactly is "Blake Shelton"? The panel of "coaches" seems like of random.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Missy

      Really? It's called Google....But I will tell you and save you some time...he is a VERY popular country music singer...

      April 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  66. TheWordMaster

    NBC is making this show look like it's the greatest thing since sliced bread-and it difinitly won't work on me. They did the same thing with The Cape....and look where that ended up. I say bring in more shows like LOST, drop all the stupid cop\law shows, and make Friday feature something other than Friday Night Lights.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Dave, Santa Barbara

    Enjoyed it more than "Idol". I always wondered wny AI rarely featured talent, and if they knew how to find it.

    April 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Arlee

    I watched the show and thought it was OK, but I would like to see if the judges really have the talent they are supose to have. I would have liked to see each judge pick a western singer, a rock singer, a under twenty, over 40, a duet, etc etc.. that way the judge wouldn't just pick one type of singer and it is that type that is the winner. I wished it was more like a hockey or football draft, where you would have to fill out your team from different genres and coach them to the top. The pay off when the judges turn around wasn't big enough for me. I would have liked them to pick their team facing the other way the entire time and only seeing who they picked at the end of the hour. Or if your out of the bidding for the Voice your chair turns around but if you want to bid on a person you are really doing it blind and don't get to see your own choice. But other wise I think this show is worth watching and I'll watch for a couple of weeks to see if it continues to hold my attention.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  69. IShouldBaTVConsultant

    Give me a show with Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul as judges and I'll watch it. Everything else is a weak, lame imitation.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Bad Monkeys

    Go back to the ghetto. Dont worry you only got a year of welfare left then king monkey will be out of office.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  71. wingding

    I don't get it. The hydraulic chairs are silly. Doubt season two will see the light of day if season one even finishes.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  72. doubt

    I doubt some of these "racist people" are even black....I smell troll

    April 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carolyn

      There are a couple of trolls-Yolanda X, Layonda, and a few more, the comments are all coming from the same person with these stereo-type names...just some sad soul looking to start some BS...but cover is blown!

      April 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Kortni

    From the promos, I thought this show looked totally lame and cheesy. However, I decided to watch the first 5 minutes after The Biggest Loser ended just to see how bad it was. I ended up watching the entire episode! I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed it, much better than I expected.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Cristina C.Z.

    Awful format, could not stand to watch more than 30 minutes. Worst thing in television in a while!

    April 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Diane

    This is just another version of American Idol

    April 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  76. LL


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  77. Lisa Ali

    Hated it !!! I watch all the singing and dancing shows and this one is not going to make it. Simon was a great judge cause he didn't waste time lying to people about hteir future and there were plenty of them that needed to be told not to sing. Tough Love. The new judges are great together but they have a group of people that hardly ever screw up which has never happened so this year is kind of awkward for them. The Voice has no substance and is rather corny. I agree that Christina is a more quality singer than Brit....etc...Goodbye Voice.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Idol Who?

    Idol is played out. Both my wife and I found this show to have some appeal. I thought all the contestants chosen by the "coaches" were correct except for the duet couple. I'm sorry but they were horrible. The girl sounded like her voice could be alright if she chose another song that suited her voice but her husband was whack. I thought that grizzled broad from New Jersey had a better voice and should've been in the show over them. Some of the banter between the coaches is good but I think Christina goes overboard as if she is trying to take the attention for herself instead of keeping it on the contestants. I enjoyed Adam, Cee Lo, and Blake but Christina could be replaced by a monkey and it would be an improvement. My wife and I will definitely be watching this show. I'm really looking forward to the part of the show where they make contestants sing the same song and then chose the better one to stay. That sounds exciting.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bjorn

      There is no comparation between The Voice and American Idol, I l prefer thousand times more to watch American Idol. Hope this show ( The Voice) disappears as fast as it arrived. The judges are useless .

      April 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • R569

      Therein lies the problem, Bjorn. You're looking at these coaches as judges. You can't honestly say that Idol judges have been providing insights this season. All I've heard this season is how good these contestants are. I'm sorry, but without Simon around there hasn't been anyone there to tell them the truth. While this show had a ton of commercials, at least they aren't full of promotions during the show like Idol has fallen in love with. Of course, I can't know that for sure at this point in time. I certainly hope The Voice's results shows don't end up like Idol's.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  79. drone

    im in south africa and I hear the show is great! and its number 1 now..

    April 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Monica

    We LOVED it, from age 2 to 40. It was funny, the music was great, and it wasn't showing adults picking on people or putting them down. Even those that didn't get chosen were told kind words to. American Idol has ended, we stopped watching years ago, when it was just a put down show with pre-teen girls voting for a cute boy.
    And the writer says that they say looks aren't a factor, and "that someone auditioned them" are you kidding? Do you really believe any of those people who were chosen except for Kelsey Ray was based on looks.
    Half of those people would NOT have made it onto American Idol except to be heckled and made fun of.
    My family will be tuning in every week.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Michigan Viewer

    I wasn't expecting much when I started watching this show. I hadn't seen a lot of advance info on it, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the back and forth between the judges and it was interesting to see who the tried to pick up for their teams. I'll probably continue watching for now to see how some of the contestants pan out. As with American Idol, not everyone seems like a strong contender at the start.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Reed

    Loved it...From the talent to the professionals....Levine comes across humble but intelligent, Cilo funny without the YoYoYo gimmick, Christina WHO KNEW she could be so candid and humorous...And Blake who I thought would be somewhat of the odd man out due to the Country back ground...Proved to be an important/entertaining element of the show....
    Because the celebrities have to prove themselves it accomplishes what no other show with a celebrity panel has done...And that's make them relatable and human...BRAVO GUYS!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  83. G.S.

    Can't get past the Oompa-Loompa (Cee-Lo) and never liked Aackulara's screeching voice so I'll pass.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Tully

    I really enjoyed the show and has set my TiVo to record the whole Season. Two things bug me: why is there only one female coach? And, the coaches should keep that decisive push-the-button moment instinctive and "private" and not edging each other on to do it. One question: what if a coach get less then 8 singers on his/her team?

    April 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
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  86. Jo

    I have to admit that I liked this show last night, in spite of hating Idol (because of that show's incessant screaming-fan factor, for one thing, which grated on my nerves). I liked not having to listen to a lot of bad singers. Just showing the already-decent singers competing against each other is way more interesting.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
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  88. Chris

    I have never been able to watch American Idol. The British X Factor is good because more often you get people who can sing even if not the most attractive. If you have a voice, makeup can make you a hit – just ask Lady Gaga.

    Sure, it was a bit sappy, but the singers could sing and looks often does impact these shows. The young Indian woman was stunning but didn't get selected because she didn't impress them. I think because she had a bad song choice. She would have been a huge hit on American Idol. I hope she finds success along with the others.

    I did LOVE the husband and wife team. She is the real star, but he needs some work. With the right training they will be a success.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  89. JAMMAL

    LL IS JUST A LAME TROLL THAT WE SEE POSTING ON HERE ALL THE TIME. He or she is always talking about bowel movements trying to be funny. I wouldnt pay any attantion to that redneck looser.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  90. cmsmitt

    Really expeceted to hate it. But, didn't have anything else to watch so i gave it a shot. Love, love, love it!

    April 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  91. tpatt

    Tarralyn Ramsey has already recorded 2 albums with major labels – 1 gospel and 1 RnB. Why does she still get to compete against those who never have had the chance? She is already a great singer!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Joe

    I laughed my way through the show it was really good and I am going to be following it!

    April 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Thought it was fantastic!

    Watched it and totally enjoyed it!!! Finally a reality show showcasing music that's worth watching. The banter between the coaches made it that much more interesting. I'll def be returning next week to watch.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Melissa

    I enjoyed it, but they'll have to change it up for me to keep tuning in. Also, that big reveal with the guy from Texas was lame. Why would viewers be so surprised? Is it because he's black and has white parents? Is it because he has an afro?

    April 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  95. chris

    BORING!!! Christina needs to go back out to the pasture and graze and Celo well he just needs to go.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  96. chief

    to actually add excitement to the judges, there should be a wall between each one of them so they don't know which other judge has buzzed-in until after the performance is over. then let the "auction" begin

    April 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      I was thinking about that as well, having the judges blinded from each other but I think if they did that there would be talent that got passed over because each judge would think that another had buzzed in and would take them or they would all buzz in for more contestants just to ensure someone had buzzed in. I can see the pitfalls of both sides.

      April 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Jonathan

    Not great, but not bad. What they should have done was put the audience in the same situation as the judges. No pre-song introduction, and focus on the judges' reactions, not the performance (at least until one of them turns around). After their performance is over, then do the introductions.

    It was enough of a difference to get me to tune in, and stay with it the night. I've never even seen any of Idol, other than clips on other shows, so it won at least that much. Not sure I'll stick with the whole season though, I'll have to see.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Seonaid

    I liked the concept – its a little like Dragons Den here in Canada

    April 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Fernando1958

    I like it a lot

    April 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Bill

    Great show, far better then any talent show out there. The coaches were very entertaining.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Theresa

      this show was boring, no class , no organization, made no sense to me.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  101. JAMMAL

    That Agelera girl gave my kids nightmares. Where in the world did she get that horrible squeaky voice ? They shauld rename this show WHITE PEOPLE DONT GOT TALLENT.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • buckwheat

      i'm sure your parents are proud...

      April 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caborican

      You must be Rush's son and Karl Rove and Sean Hannity's nephew. You can't even imitate a Black person and be believable.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sigh

      Umm, you know Christina Aguilera is half Equadorian right?

      April 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Sheryl

    Loved it!!!
    Much better then Idol embarrassment!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Katie

    Liked the show. The talent was diverse and loved the fact that older, talented people were given an opportunity to reach for their dream.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Wriitenbyretards

    Just think, it's not even summer yet for when the really crappy shows will fill air time. Maybe they could do a singing and dancing while choosing a new husband/wife before getting voted out of the house!! I'm on pins and needles here!!

    April 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  105. sfmitch

    Thought I would hate it but watched and loved it. Wanted more and looking forward to next week. It seemed like it had the potential to drag but it kept up a good pace ... I was impressed. The new Idol is awesome though so I wouldn't compare the two...this is a very different format and we didn't have to sit through all of the tiring auditions like with Idol.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Carla

    I was pleasantly surprised. The suspense of when the coaches would finally spin around in the chair nearly killed me, but I loved it! I was dying for Adam to finally get a team member. I really like 3 of the 4 judges

    April 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Rebecca

    I enjoyed the show- I liked it a lot better than IDOL. However, I did not like Carson Daly hosting it- he acted like he was completely uninterested. I will continue to watch! I like the concept that they don't go by the person's looks!

    April 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  108. CoolDude

    Wow! Another singing show! That's certainly new to television. When is tv going to stop feeding us the same crap over and over! The show sucks, and so do all the others. I'll watch Discovery Channel instead.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ikizdim

      Please do. That way we don't have to worry about reading your complaints about it week after week after week. That's the beauty of television and it's many channels. If you don't like something, you get to go watch something else and let the rest of us watch what we want.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  109. JAMMAL

    It was a dissapointment. My family was looking forward to a fresh new show but it is just a tired old lame tallent show. Plus that white girl judge with the super white hair and pale skin is just creepy. Her voice gave me and my kids the chills. She is one creepy girl.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carolyn

      Jammal, are you also Yolanda X and Leyonda...same type of name, same racist comments and clearly you don't understand the culture you are trying to pretend to be...first Christina is not white, and everyone of color knows that but maybe you didn't get the memo so you thought you would use that to make folks thing people of color had a problem with her.

      You poor soul, what a horrible miserable life you must live to be trapped by hate on all sides within your own being. Maybe a Dr of color will have to save your life one day, so that you can be gifted to learn that we are all just different shades of the same human race and your cause is only self destructive...

      April 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Troy

    I was forced to watch this by my girlfriend and am now hooked. I hate reality shows but this one is different. The judges battle makes it interesting.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Daniel

    Overall it was a pretty entertaining show. After the whole Superbowl fiasco with Aguilera, I think it was a wise choice for her to go with the show. I've watched Idol but not a fan. I think The Voice seems interesting and therefore I think I will be following every week. The chemistry between the coaches also seem pretty solid. so 2 thumps up

    April 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Jaan

    I'm not much of a tv watcher, and there are only two shows I watch on a regular basis. I saw the "sneak peak" of The Voice this past Friday night when Jay Leno show was supposed to start. My husband is an avid Idol watcher, but I can hardly stand Idol–especially Ryan Seacrest and the new judges. But I loved The Voice. Great show, great and worthy judges, and Carson certainly outclasses Ryan. IAll the contestants had good voices, even the ones who didn't get picked. My favorites were Frenchie and the other two black contestants, and I'm not black. I'd never even heard of Frenchie until last night. What a voice! Idol messed up when they let cut her. Idol apparently has double standards–one for the contestants and a different one for the judges. I've watched Christina sing here and there over the years and always thought she was much better than Jennifer, Britney, Janet or Jessica. I also think her quirky faces just added a little more to the show. Apparently the writer of this article must get amused and entertained from the point at and laugh contestants who make fools of themselves on Idol. Last week when I listened to Idol from another room, it seemed that show had a commercial after each singer as well.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Roger

    Very, very surprised how good it was. I think the opening number with the 4 mentors was great – something they should think about doing each week. Loved the format of the show. My only criticism (as with most shows), the number of commercials interrupts the flow of the show – cut down on the ad time a little and give us more program. Other than that, can't wait to tune in next week.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      I totally agree about the commercials. It was almost like the show was interrupting them.

      April 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Alex

    I loved it

    April 27, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Mark

    I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and I don't watch Idol that much.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  116. ann

    I liked the show, largely because it was a different format and I thought the singers were good and the coaches were entertaining.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  117. kite005

    Just what we need another dumb reality show. Before too long that will be all thats on network TV.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  118. sure thing

    I didnt watch it. I forgot about it.
    will watch it later

    @Ryan K

    run time of the program was 1h 24min.
    so 36min of adverts.
    Which is about normal for a 2h program

    April 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  119. scottie

    I thought the show was great, I found the coaches bantering pretty funny. looking forward to the next round

    April 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Dave

    We don't even know how the show works yet.
    – The blind auditions are the preliminary round only
    – Then each "coach" gets to drop half of their team (let's get rid of the unmarketable ones here).
    – Then something else happens

    All we have so far is the personalities of the "coaches"

    April 27, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  121. dirtysouth

    @ Diana, thats why its called The Voice you D O U C H E bag

    April 27, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  122. RSH

    It was great, I will watch next week.

    I do think Cee Lo is a little perv'e with is remarks and the wierd rubbing of the hands together, like he is about to eat something.

    The show to me has a diffrent feel to it. The feeling is really of being on the side of the singer, and yelling a the judges to PUSH THE BUTTON!

    April 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  123. LKT

    My husband and I enjoyed it. I think the show's competetion format will keep the teeny boppers from holding us hostage week after week, promoting a cute but not remarkable talent as on Idol.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Bobbie

    I loved this show. quite entertaining. There was a lot of talent. and many different nationality. My grown children also watched it and we will continue to watch. I already have my DVR set just in case i forget or am not at home. I say let it keep keep on getting better and better. I am looking forward to it and can't wait for next week to see what's next.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Surfer George

    My cable was out so I looked at all of the segments on line...
    I LOVE the concept, I think finding artists who are already really in the game is also a great idea. They bring less excuses to the stage.
    I'll wait impatiently to see how (and if) the team thing works.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Alina77

    We didn't get use to nice judges, these guys are way too nice, they just love everyone. Plus all of these guys are so nicely pre-screened, that it makes this whole show is so boring, because you know what to expect.
    But, my 7 year old loved it.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Scully

    Concept of the show is a Good Idea, but it seems like it's stacked with "Ringers", where I thought this was more of an Unfounded Talent Search to make a Star out of someone who is not. Like having Frenchie Davis. Here's someone who was on Idol, granted she didn't win or come close, but she was in the play "Rent". So that kind of sours it for me. Adam Levine was also kind of Desparate to get Anyone to join his Team, and the other Judges odd looks at him making it seem like he was the Joke/Loser of the Judge Panel (though that could have been the Editing of the F acial Expressions). All Around the Show was OK. Not sure if it will carry into Multiple Seasons.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Surfer George

      And that's what I liked about the show, the contestants are all, already committed to a music career. Without the kind of exposure that a show like this can give them, they might struggle for decades and never find the success that "the right connections" can provide. OR, they could give up and go on to other things (like I did) and wonder what their lives might have been like.

      This format gives people who have shown talent and who have committed that talent a chance that every musician dreams of.

      If there were a math show like this, mathematicians would all be trying to be Charlie Eppes.

      April 27, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
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  129. Robert

    "Voice" is much better than I expected! It was promo'd so hard by NBC I was convinced they had a disaster on their hands. But it turns out it's a decent show...so far. I think the singing in this early round is better than early round singing in Idol. It will be interesting to see if the coaching on Voice is real coaching or just cheer leading. The "judges" on Idol, while pleasant people, come off as little more than cheer leaders ("Great job.") Jimmy Iovine is the only voice of reality on Idol. It will be interesting to see how Voice evolves as it goes on. Burnett knows how to produce a show, just look at The Donald!

    April 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Yolanda X

    I agree wholeheartedly with the peeps that say it is skeewed to whites with no rythm or soul. It is a show for wannnabees.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Surfncowboy

      Well Yolanda, how do you explain all of the blacks on the show last night? Guess they were just tokens for the show huh?! I get so tired of this kind of talk and whining.

      April 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      All talent shows are for wannabees. That what a talent show is. Take the blinders off, Yolanda. There were people of different races and ethnic origins on the show not just white folk.

      April 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ikizdim

      Of the 12 people chosen last night, 4 were black, 2 were hispanic, & 6 were white. Of the judges, 1 is black and 1 claims to be latino. So far, looks to be pretty diverse to me. Did you even watch?

      April 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • cc

      @Surf and Diane...look at the names of those with the nonsense about race, they are made up names they have been sent to incite problems, Yolanda X-and Levonya...those names are made up accounts...laugh in the face of this person, probably the same person with several accounts and they are just hateful and instead of wanting to spread love, want to start more problems with us sane folks...

      Yolanda, I say take a break from trying to incite a cyber riot and go play in traffic after you have your next six pack dear.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caborican

      Yolanda, there were more people of color than there were white people. I have a simple solution for you...DON'T WATCH.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  131. MARY in KC

    I really, really enjoyed the show. I think the Coaches are hillarious and cute and really "fun" to watch! Their interactions with each other and with the contestants is really great. I'll be watching till the end.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  132. LEVONYA

    It stunk. Just a show for untallented white folk.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • surfncowboy

      Really? Here come the racist comments....Pretty sure I saw several blacks on the show last night including one of the coaches.

      April 27, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      Apparently we were watching separate shows. I saw people of different races and ethnic origins. You must have been watching FOXNEWS

      April 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caborican

      WHATEVER!!!! Why don't you just admit that you're a white racist pretending to be black so that you can start a race riot on here. No worries, we're ALL on to you and others like you. MOVE ON please....NEXTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  133. JoAnn

    Unlike american Idol wannabees the contestants on this show actually have talent! For that reason, I enjoyed it and the banter between the celebs was amusing. II'll continue to watch.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Surfer George

      I watch Idol.
      I would argue that many, MANY of those "wannabees" actually have a great deal of talent. It is just much less defined and refined.
      The show also works hard to create the illusion that the show adds gravitas and skill to the contestants. While I'm sure that the Idol crew adds to their presentation skills and image, they can do very little on the talent front. Either you have a good "instrument" (voice) to play on or you don't.

      April 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Jenelle Clark

    I really enjoyed the show. I am glad we don't have to deal with days and days of embarrasing tone-deaf people. We got straight to the Gold, and even some people that were good, were kicked off because the judges just didn't feel it. The only thing that creeped me out were Cee Lo Green's teeth – creepy.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  135. Jenn3

    I really liked the show as did my kids. I can't wait to see more!

    April 27, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  136. nk

    Thought it was a little slow moving.....boring.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  137. John G.

    I liked the show but I don't think the judges should be able to look at each other as they are deciding whether to push the button or not. There were many times it looked like they were trying to read the other judges whether they were going to push the button or not. They just need to extend the sides of the judges chairs like blinders so they can't see the other ones. Good show though, I like how they have to "sell" themselves if there's more than one judge.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  138. Loved it

    I enjoyed it much more than I've enjoyed American Idol for the past 3 seasons.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  139. John

    It sucks, just like any other reality show. An anybody that watches them is just showing all how truly moronic they really are!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • N

      Really, so anyone watching any type of reality is a moron? So then how did you find out that in your own opinion you didn't like the show?

      April 27, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      And yet you have an opinion. Hmmmm – did you watch? Guess that's the old pot and kettle.

      April 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caborican

      So how did you come to realize that you're a MORON too? Hmmm....By any chance, did you WATCH it like the rest of us? Please don't speak so ill of yourself.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • R569

      Wow, John. That's pretty harsh. Do you watch sporting events? Those are reality too, if you really think about it. How about the news? In reality, there aren't many shows that aren't based on reality. With the costs associated with production, it's really no surprise why networks are so enamored with reality television. Cheaper production, more sponsorships, and finally the amount of viewers that are drawn to reality television can't be ignored. Economically these are win-win scenarios for television networks and businesses. A little food for thought.

      April 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  140. TamOk

    I really enjoyed the show as well. I like shows where they showcase true talent who's music I will probably buy. The only person I've purchased music from off of 'Idol' was 'Kelly Clarkson' and 'Fantasia'.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  141. Sandy

    I loved it. Saw the previews and thought I would. The judges are a nice mix and have great personalities. Personally, I like this better than Idol. The contestants were much better also. Just sorry part of it competes with Dancing with the Stars.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      think Christina Aguillera was more entertaining trying to sing the American Anthem, every day she looks fatty , like a big old lady, her voice is far from good. The Voice is really bad.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  142. trantola

    I didnt like it. There werent enough African Americans on it. I believe this could end up being a racist show. Maybe it will be american idol for white peoples with no tattant.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      What show were you watching? Last time I looked, Cee Lo was black. Christina Aguilera is Latina as were some of the contestants. And this is only the first show and you're already with the race card bit?

      Maybe you should be watching Soul Train reruns instead.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • N

      Well it didn't take long for someone to start in with the racist comments! Jeez. Plus, I just don't see how you can say this show isn't diverse! I thought they had quite a few people from all walks of life and showcased them all equally and well.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Really? I was pleasantly surprised when I saw such a wide variety of folks on the show. Interracial couples, lesbian couples... The casting seems really progressive and current.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      I call sarcasm. Over half the singers were black.

      April 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • janeen76

      Your comment is not true at all...but if you are so unhappy, you should go watch BET instead.

      April 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • LL

      I am sure that remark was written by a white person looking to get the race conversation started....and no surprise, many fell for it. I am so tired of lame, no life having, sickos always having to throw race in the mix. The show had a good mix of people period so it should be obvious that the person that wrote the comment just wanted to get responses. Really?? Get a life!!

      April 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • cc

      I absolutely agree that this comment was not written by a black person, most people of color do not refer to themselves
      as African Americans, that's PC for other races to refer to as such, this person is one of those bad apples that tries to get into the mix and mess up the joy of others....most people on this post were united in the fact that this show is good fun, nothing negative to it...and yes, this person is a racist no matter what race they are and should be condemned.

      Most of us are so over the race issue on both sides, but the hatred of a few keep many folks divided, its a shame. But the show had so many perfect moments...

      April 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caborican

      What show were you watching? There was an East Indian, Whites, Blacks, Latinos, Gays, Straight, Short, Tall, Slim, Heavy, Beautiful (all of them), so what more do you want?

      April 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kass

      Um... 4 of the 9 contestants were African American... Are you just looking for a reason to use the Race Card? Ever hear of the little boy that cried wolf?

      April 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • LadyDye

      Trantola, it is a lie–ignorance is not bliss. I believe the blogger asked for opinions on wether or not you liked the show–why does race, a person's weight or arrogance for that matter have to be of issue? A show offering everyday citizens with mega talent–who may never have gotten such an opportunity to showcase their talent–giving them a shot at potentially pursuing a career utilizing said talent–is a great thing! Some people spend too much time focusing on tiny insignificant things. I don't like peanut butter–it's simple, I don't buy it and I don't eat it. We are each free to utilize the same option when watching TV. Positive outcomes–always start with positive outlooks. Was the show great? Maybe not to you. Was it terrible? Not to all of us and both opinions are fine. But, it's just not not that serious to prompt rudeness or anger either way! It is indeed possible to agree to disagree–try it!

      April 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • MidWest

      Seriously!? you are pulling that card? i think this show was really awesome kept me on the edge of my seat and i did not see any problems with more races then another!

      April 28, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  143. Adam

    I think it would have been nice to have been given more understanding as to how they even found the contestants. It's an interersting concept, and it kept my attention for the duration, but I can't say I was jumping out of my seat with excitement. Seems VERY staged to me.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  144. Ryan K

    I think the content and format of the show was good but the awkwardness when the coaches turned around and actually saw who was singing was the key to the whole show (some noticably campaigned to push singer away from themselves to other judges). It would have been far more enjoyable if there were not commercials after every performance. They need to supply the viewers with more singers in each set.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Totally agree. My favorite part was seeing the judges faces when they turned around. I don't think anyone knew what to say after Beverly!

      April 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Nikki

    Really enjoyed the show! I think the four judges they chose for the show were such a great combination and like that all the contestants already can carry a tune so there is no completely horrible reactions to someones voice. Even Carson was pretty good. I liked that his communications during this round were strictly with the contestants and family, he kept it about them and he wasn't out on stage with the judges throwing out his two-cents/bantering with the judges as it is with other shows. I think this show has huge potential and while the critics may be giving it a hard time (can't see how this show is already getting some harsh words but the obvious decline on idol still gets raves), I think the rave reviews from the fans speak for themselves. Will continue watching and hope it gets another season!

    April 27, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • I hated it

      this show is soooo annoying, it bored me to death. adios The Voice, how about changed the name of the show "The Boring and Annoying" show.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  146. vickeyd

    Yes I will be watching this show ! What a refreshing change ! I Don't get the griping from the author of this article...the show was different, there is rivalry, common sense, empathy, and some ridiculously good talent.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • CollectiveThought

      Agree- It's a really fun show. I enjoyed it and will continue to watch. Showcased some pretty amazing talent.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Chris

    Pretty good show but too many commercials.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan K

      I completely agree. If you are going to have a 2 hour show, you have to give us a little more than a new singer every 9 mins. The songs they sing are two minutes tops and the banter of the judges and intros is no more the 2 mins which means we watched a hour of commercials last night.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • SkipThem

      Yea ur right, but you should have invested in some type of DVR by now guys...Commercials are for people that actually have money to buy useless stuff....I take my "useless stuff money" and blow it on DVR (10.00/mth)–take that big business. I haven't watched a commercial since 2005 lol

      April 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      There was a commercial after every performance. It annoyed me.

      April 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Katz

    I thought the very beginning when they all sang was a great way to open the show. It showed why these people are the judges! Not that I want to hear JLo, she surely can't sing, why she is a judge is beyond me. Anyway, I enjoyed the show. I will watch it again. No I don't watch Idol! Yes, they should of replaced Simeon with Christina!

    April 27, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Monty's Mom

      I completely agree with you! Regardless of this article, I loved how it opened up with the judges/coaches performing a hit song. I didn't know who Cee Lo was until this show and prefer him over Randy; Christina over JLo anyday! Me and my husband loved the show and are curious to see how it will unfold. One criticism: The judges/coaches shouldn't have been allowed to turn around at all. They should keep it "blind" the whole season. Now THAT would have been interesting.

      So long, Idol!

      April 27, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bonita in Las Vegas

      The Voice is not good, , not sure who had this 'great idea' to start this show but I have news to the producers , The VOice is not good at all , and please do not make this fat Chrisitina and the fat Cee Lo Green sing, they are not ugly and fat. maybe they should be in the Loser show.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • MItch

      @Bonita in Las Vegas

      The Voice came from Holland ... it's a smash hit on TV there, and NBC bought the rights to it here. It has a proven record of success. No one just randomly came up with the concept, LOL.

      Some people are so fawkin stupid!

      April 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helene

      Yes they should have – not they should of. Common mistake made by people

      April 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  149. dianna

    Why is it that they have to have their backs to them? It makes me kinda wonder if looks really do matter. I am just saying.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Glenn

      Unfortunately, looks DO matter and play a large role in decisions, irregardless of the talent.

      April 27, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      I'm sorry but did you not pay attention to the ENITRE point of the show? It is supposed to be about "The Voice" not the looks of stage performance.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      "irregardless" is NOT a word! UGH!

      April 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • MichaelCantSpell

      "Michael" needs to buy a dictionary or learn the language. "irregardless" is in FACT a word. And, for his feeble mind, I will use it in a sentence: "This blog has valuable input from viewers, irregardless of what Michael thinks."

      April 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • R569

      Forget the looks. When you take away from a particular sense, the other senses are heightened. Don't believe me. I actually closed my eyes when the contestants were performing. It actually made a massive difference in the experience. I could hear their tones better. In fact, 2 of the performances left me reeling. Come As You Are was haunting and Time After Time was brilliant. It's pretty interesting how it changes everything, when you aren't actually watching the performance.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • grammaragogo

      um, i don't believe you used irregardless correctly. If "regardless" means "not involved with" and "ir" is the prefix for "not, then your saying that whatever he says does matter. It would be better used in the sentence " It is irregardless of anyone who cares for endangered wildlife."

      April 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • An erroneous word...

      Michael can spell, and irregardless is not really a word. Per dictionary.com: irregardless

      an erroneous word that, etymologically, means the exact opposite of what it is used to express, attested in non-standard writing from at least 1870s. See the rest of it at http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/irregardless

      April 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Michael IS correct about the use of "irregardless." Here you go, MichaelCantSpell, or should I call you Einstein?

      Irregardless is an informal term commonly used in place of regardless or irrespective, which has caused controversy since it first appeared in the early twentieth century. Most dictionaries list it as "nonstandard" or "incorrect".

      People who use the incorrect word look like idiots. Buy yourself a real dictionary.

      April 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Prema

    I enjoyed it. I really like the set up and how the singer chooses. Cannot wait to see how the coaches mentor and shape the style and voices of the contestants. This is good and actually, I like it better than Idol. Idol wastes a ton of time of singers that cannot sing. I'm not sure what the fuss has been over Pia as she sings well but is not that outstanding. I will be tuning it for the Voice–plus, love Ceelo!!

    April 27, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Caborican

      You 're so right about Pia. She's a wannabe that will never be. So glad she got kicked off. She was very stale and BORING.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Debbie

    Loved it!! Loved the format - the voice alone is judged. It will be interesting to see if the "voice" still out ways the "looks" as the show progresses.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      Have to disagree with you re Carson Daly. I found him to be very interested in what was happening. He even made comments like "Come on, Blake" and he talked with the families during the performances. I do agree that it is better than Idol. I especially loved the fact that we didn't have to sit through idiotic people auditioning.

      April 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patricia

      did not like this show at all, it was tastless, boring and Christina is too chuby and her voice sucks.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kass

      @ Patricia – Why do people always comment on the weight of a FEMALE? Ce Lo is much chubbier than Christina... why not comment on HIS weight?

      April 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • R569

      What I loved most was not being bogged down with massive sob stories and promotions, which American Idol has become saturated with. Plus, it's refreshing seeing nothing but talented singers.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Stephen

    I liked it. The judges trying to win over people I thought was really cool. I will definitely be watching this.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  153. Watched It

    Really enjoyed it!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Marissa

      to the people who think that the Voice was good they are delusional, maybe we watched a different show , because according to my friends and myself included The Voice was not entertaining, they all looked desperated , Christina looked so arrogant, after 10 minuts of watching this boring show we turned the tv off and laughed so much , making fun of this show.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Jason

    I really liked this show. I plan to keep watching. Finally, something on NBC worth watching!

    April 27, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  155. Horace

    Wasn't impressed with the show. Especially with the X factor coming this year...these talent shows end up producing a winner who everyone forgets about by the next season.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Glenn

      I agree. I though the shows concept was stupid, swinging chairs around etc. I understand the quality of hearing a voice without seeing the person as we all tend to be biased and prejudiced to some extent and looks should not interfere with the talent. However, another singing show is not needed, and this one certainly got flushed in my house.

      April 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bjorn

      The Voice is terrible, no talent all the singers sounded boring, irrelevant and taste less. Nothig compares to American Idol . American Idol is a bilion times interesting and better.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Jill

    When I heard that Adam Levine was going to be on it, I knew I was going to watch it. Then after seeing all of the promos, I thought it looked like a good show. The verdict–I really enjoyed it!!! I thought the mentor's banter was great and I think it's an updated concept on the tired Idol format.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Babs

      I agree.It was lots of fun.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melanie22

      it made no sense to me, this show should go away soon. It was very painful for me to watch this terrible "The Voice " show that immediatelly I changed channels.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Anything with Carson Daly in it deserves to be ignored.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • linds

      Hey Dugan, I don't think you should be commenting on someone else's IQ when you can even handle simple grammar. (Hint Hint. – It's "your," not "you're".) And what does anyone's weight have to do about liking a show? If you don't like it, don't watch it. Simple.

      April 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • jennifer03

      i agree, i loved it all. i like how they only have great voices on the show, i love the fact that u cant see them unless u enjoy there voice! its all about singing not just pretty faces...I have never missed an episode of idol, now they might have fight on there hands

      April 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  157. sure thing

    Simon should have grabbed Christina for the X Factor

    April 27, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • B=Dog

      My sister set this to record while I was visiting yesterday.... so I caught the first 5 minutes. I never knew that Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton were the 4 biggest names in the music business lol.

      April 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
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      April 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth212

      Had to watch DWTS, so recorded The Voice. After several minutes, I deleted the program. Big Yawn....the way television is going these days. Too bad.

      April 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristal Berg

      no, way, The voice is irrelevant and Chistina is full of herself, I can not stand that chubby woman. her voice is terrible , it sounds like dogs are barking. This show sucks.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD

      @B=Dog. I agree with you! I'm sure there were bigger artists that could've judged that show. When they announced the judges saying they were "the 4 biggest names in music" I looked at Xtina and Ce Lo Green and thought, Lady Gaga is mroe famouse than you both.

      April 28, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |

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