The Voice taught all of us a valuable lesson tonight: Don't judge a show by its relentless ad campaign. For weeks, NBC has been irritatingdozens and dozens of viewers (and at least onefamous person) by running obnoxious, screen-obscuring spots for its new singing competition underneath its regularly scheduled programming. But if anyone didn't tune in to the first episode of The Voice because they were sick to death of those ads, they missed a fun new series that may just have breathed some life into the overly-saturated singing show genre.
It hasn't, however, completely reinvented the wheel. At the top of The Voice's two-hour premiere, host Carson Daly declared the series to be "a singing competition unlike any other, because it puts vocal ability first." Eh... not really. Here's a breakdown of how this excessively complicated show works: