'The Voice' recap: Eight Is Enough

Welcome back to The Voice, the new singing competition with a set of rules so complicated and arbitrary they make Calvinball look logical. Last week, NBC's latest reality experiment debuted big: 11.8 million people watched its premiere, while 6 million more feasted their eyes on an encore presentation of the show. That meant the pressure was on tonight. Could the series' second episode keep last week's viewers interested while also winning over those who were tuning in for the first time, curious to see what all the fuss was about?

I'd answer that question with a medium-strength "yes." It's true that The Voice managed not to lose too much momentum in Episode 2. But that may have been chiefly because these two hours were so overstuffed that the night's big twist -- eight singers who initially had been rejected were given a second chance to wow the coaches -- came and went in the blink of an eye. I'm not saying that the show should have saved these redos for a whole other episode; three weeks of blind auditions would have been too much of a good thing. Still, the end of the team formation round felt rushed and a bit anti-climactic, especially since we only saw one singer get turned down twice. Hopefully they'll work out these kinks before the show's inevitable second season. Read More...



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