Will 'The Voice' Be More Legitimate Than 'American Idol'?

In the Netherlands, that land of windmills, tulips and endless reality series, a show called 'The Voice of the Netherlands' has become more popular that the Dutch versions of 'American Idol,' 'X-Factor' and all other singing competitions. So, of course, it's been developed for a North American audience, and starting Tuesday, April 26 on NBC and CTV, 'The Voice' will try to make a similar jump to the top of the ratings pile over here.

The show has all the hallmarks of a reality singing competition: celebrity judges (Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green), vapid host (Carson Daly) and a drawn-out audition phase. But it makes one subtle switch to the usual proceedings, and that has me very curious: The judges (called "coaches" in this case) can't see the people who are auditioning. It's a pretty simple twist, but potentially a very powerful one. Read More...



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