Posts Tagged “The Voice”

Behold The Top 10 Twitter TV rankings.

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

Not to beat a dead bird over the head, but ... how 'bout we talk about Twitter again? OK? Good. I mean, it's not like anyone's reading anyway, right? Right. Behold Nielsen's brand-new, revolutionary, completely complex Top 10 Twitter TV ratings: 1. The Walking Dead 2. Glee 3. American Horror Story: Coven 4. Catfish: The TV Show 5. The X Factor 6. Scandal 7. The Voice 8. Jimmy Kimmel Live 9. The X Factor 10. Dancing With The Stars Now, behold the Nielsen television ratings for the ... read more

Season four of The Voice ends. Blake Shelton cannot be beat. Mankind ponders its future.

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

Can anyone name a person who has benefited from a spot as a reality TV singing competition judge more than Blake Shelton has? The answer is no. Nobody can.

For four seasons, now, I've taken to this very blog to poke fun at Mr. Lambert, and for at least three of those seasons, the guy has gotten the last laugh, even somehow turning the lead singer of failed punk-poppers Hey Monday into a karaoke competition star. Dude has carved out quite the following, bro-ing it up with the bro-tastic bro from Maroon 5, occasionally showcasing his thinly veiled comedic chops and offering up so many winks and nods that you have to wonder if his contact lenses are on the fritz.

But alas, this is the world in which we live, a place catering to the underdog, a place happy to celebrate obscurity. Say what you want about him or his perfectly arranged hair (and, of course, we will), but you can't deny his staying power, no matter how obnoxious his whole "I'm just a little country artist who is humble and down-to-earth" schtick can feel every now and then. Seventy-five percent of the time, the guy's a champion. I can't quite figure out if that's an indictment on the people who devote their lives to celebrating popular culture, or if that's an indictment on the state in which popular culture now finds itself: Hungry for charm and obsessed with an America constantly reminding the world how red, white and blue it is.

Danielle Bradbery, a 16-year-old future Annie who might enjoy a pistol or two, was crowned the fourth season's winner about, oh, say, 62 years ago (or, so it seems). Our Hero, Blake, with the help of an immaculate looking 67-year-old Cher (my God, I need the number of her plastic surgeon by 5 p.m. today), led her to the Promised Land.

OK. Well, maybe the Cher thing is a stretch, but at least she was there. Boy, oh boy, she was there. And with no Lisa De Moraes to rip off, we'll instead turn to the Los Angeles Times' Amy Reiter ...

"Old enough to be Danielle Bradbery's grandma but looking, if not quite like her sister, at least like her youthful aunt," Reiter wrote, "the iconic performer appeared in one of her trademark out-there getups (blingified leather; fishnet; wacky, chickenish hair), flanked by gyrating dancers, to debut her new single 'Woman's World,' in what was billed as her first live TV performance in more than a decade. Was she singing live? Who knows? Maybe, I guess, over a backing track. But honestly, it hardly mattered. Watching her out there doing her thing, albeit slowly, at age 67 ... was riveting regardless."

As for the other performers, the list went a little bit like this:

Pitbull, fresh off his abnormally stagnant Preakness set (and on the heels of what has to be the summer's most infuriating package tour with Keisha), brought out ... you guessed it ... a decidedly less Xtina-ish Christina Aguilera for a duet that made Adam Levine blush. Speaking of Preakness fun, Florida Georgia Line stumbled out there to team with Nelly for their ... oh forget it. The only thing worse than that trio is nothing. Bob Seger held court with the Swon Brothers during "Night Moves," giving whole new meaning to the word "Why." Bruno Mars Bruno Mars-ed the place up. One Repbulic ... blah. And Hunter Hayes sang himself into a supporting role in an eventual updated, country-fied reboot of "From Justin To Kelly."

Got that? Good. Now to the ratings. Attracting 15.3 million viewers, "The Voice" climax bested the finale of its most popular competitor, the oh-my-god-what-is-happening-to-us "American Idol," by about a million eyeballs (or, I guess, assuming everyone watching has more than one eyeball, the accurate number would be, say, two million eyeballs). For those trying to find perspective, game six of the NBA finals this year — one of the best NBA finals in a long, long time, by the way — brought in roughly 16.2 million people, making it the most-watched piece of television in the U.S. this year, to date. "The Voice" crowning, then, finished No. 2.

Bradbery, meanwhile, was part of Shelton's "dream team" (his words, not mine). She's the first country artist to win the show and she was also the first "Voice" personality to post a top 10 song on iTunes this season. Her debut single will be unleashed next Tuesday and yes, unless she decides to devote her entire life to music — tisk, tisk — she will graduate high school in 2015.

Yeah, and what have you done with your life?

The best part? Sir Elton John, he of little remorse, decided to sound off on the whole exercise when he appeared on BBC Radio 4's "Front Row," noting how the audience cares only about the judges and not the show's competitors. Oh, this is good ...

"Nobody on 'The Voice' in America has had a hit record," he said, according to the website Digital Spy. "Nobody on 'The Voice' in England has had a hit record. They're nonentities. Television and video have done a lot of damage to music. They've propelled people into stardom that aren't ready for it, you know, and can't sustain it. And they're only as good as the next song."

He's not wrong.

(Side: Adding fuel to the fire are rumors that Adele might replace Jesse J as a judge for the next season of the UK's "Voice." Silly me, I watched a few episodes of the thing while in Paris earlier this year, and if you think Adam Levine is obnoxious, get a load of the dude from Good Charlotte).

Anyway, the Big Lineup Experiment will cease next season when Ms. A and Cee-Lo head back to their oversized chairs, leading us to note two things. 1) Jeez, that hiatus really did wonders for their careers, because clearly they accomplished so much while being away from the show. And 2) Usher and Shakira are supposed to be coming back for season six, which is odd, because in season seven, the latest hot-stove item is that the lineup of judges will look like this: Blake, Shakira, Cee-Lo and Xtina.

Oh, so Maroon 5 has to tour ... in a year-and-a-half?

The revolving door of judges seems like a weird gimmick, no? Why sub out only two people per season, and why go back to the people you initially picked to steer the ship when others left the boat for land? And silly me, here I thought the suits at NBC finally read this blog when they decided to bring in new blood this season!

Call me crazy, but reusing fresh meat sort of defeats the purpose of the word fresh, doesn't it? Tell all four judges to pack their stuff up and bring in a rotating cast of stars (ha!) every other season. Shoot, turn some eyeballs, express your outlandish gull and bring in ... ready for this? ... a former "Idol" judge. Oh, just imagine! It would be like Hulk Hogan going all NWO on us. How great would that be?

And so it goes. For those still tuning in, the next season will kick off Sept. 23.

Season four of The Voice begins. Blake Shelton blasts back at critics by continuing to show up.

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

And, we're back. For the fourth straight season, "The Voice" has returned to NBC, and for the fourth straight season, Adam Levine had a Brink's truck filled with white T-shirts back into his driveway and plop a wardrobe on his front lawn. After an off-season that clearly proved the suits at the Peacock were reading this blog religiously for the last few years (two new judges!), the best thing to happen to NBC in ages has returned with a new look and ... ... a new feel? Somewhat. Christina ... read more

Season three of The Voice ends. Blake Shelton coaches his girl to a win, extending his 15 minutes by 0:30.

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Man. You take one little week off, and "The Voice" ups and crowns its season three champion. It's as though Xtina just had to get out and promote "Lotus," (or, as some of you may know it, "Not Genie In A Bottle") as soon as those eight-inch heels would allow. The nerve. Hey Monday. You know what that is, right? Oh, you don't? Well, let me explain: When the pop-punk boom from about 2003 to about 2009 ran amok in the popular music universe, any faction of people with silly haircuts, tight ... read more

Season three of ‘The Voice’ begins. Blake Shelton … wait … Blake Shelton actually makes some news!

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Hey, guys. Before we get on with the annual blog-tastic take on the season premiere of "The Voice," I'd like to take a moment to share a little bit of something I wrote after the recent death of my dear friend Mike. You can find that here, and if you've never clicked on anything ever in your life, I hope you might be kind enough to spare a few minutes to have a look at that, if only to remember how good of a guy Mike was. I know it's a bit cliche and all, but he meant quite a bit to me, and ... read more

Season two of ‘The Voice’ ends. Blake Shelton wonders if the win will do wonders for his career. Adam Levine laughs.

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Hey, hey, hey. It's that time again, friends. Another "Voice" champion has been crowned! Jermaine Paul, it's time for your close up. That's right. After four months of passive-aggressive bickering between Xtina and pretty much everyone else in the world, NBC's savior wrapped its second season last night, and you — yes, you! — have subsequently turned here for the now-annual annoyingly snarky season-ending diatribe on "The Voice" we here at TV Without A TV just love providing. And by "you," ... read more

Season two of ‘The Voice’ begins. Blake Shelton reportedly happy to finally get back off the unemployment line.

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

@adamlevine: Pushing two buttons might be totally illegal. I'm sure the NBC lawyers aren't happy…oh well sue me. (Please do not sue me.) #TheVoice It's that time of year again, friends! Miranda Lambert's new favorite singing contest is back! Yes! This means four exclamation points in one paragraph! "The Voice." "Oh, "The Voice." If you remember, back in the deep, dark and distant year of 2011, I took to this very blog to wax poetic on what was a brand new television show aimed at being ... read more

The Super Bowl is coming! The Super Bowl is coming!

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

Ahhhhh, the Super Bowl. It's a time when people who don't usually watch sports break down and try to pretend they know the difference between an interception and a touchdown. It's a night reserved for overrated house parties that never actually live up to the hype. It's an evening centered around highly anticipated 30-second spots known as commercials that only rarely make us laugh. And most of all, it's an event that proves as a showcase for some over-the-top halftime musical performance that almost ... read more

Season one of ”The Voice” comes to an end; Blake Shelton wonders what to do next

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Back in the deep, dark and distant month of April, I took to this particular blog to dissect the premier of a brand new show from NBC called “The Voice.” I wondered if it would work, or for that matter, how long it could possibly stay on television. I knew the network was putting all of its eggs in one basket with this, and I knew that if there was ever going to be one shot that NBC had at regaining at least a little bit of respect in TV land, this was going to have to be it. Two months later, ... read more

Season 1 of ‘The Voice’ kicks off

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A few days ago, I came across this while perusing the Internet… (PRETEND A VIDEO IS HERE) Ohhhh, so that's who Blake Shelton is! Naturally, my interested piqued. It then proceeded to go through the roof when an Associated Press article offered the following: "NBC has heavily promoted 'The Voice' and is also seeking an edge by ramping up the role of the Internet and social networks, employing a 'social media correspondent' to entice viewers to engage with the show." And lucky ... read more