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Revisiting the 'American Idol' vs. 'The Voice' debate

When NBC’s rival singing competition The Voice returned in February, I felt like I was the only Idol fan left in America. Media outlets championed NBC’s chair-spinning competition, with its flashy format — an audition style that’s admittedly superior to Idol‘s — and sass-spewing judges, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. “The Voice is more relevant, more meaningful, more compelling and more entertaining right now,” said Alex Strachan of the Montreal Gazette. “After a decade, we no longer believe in the Idol factory,” wrote EW’s Mark Harris. Those barbs stung me (an American Idol junkie) personally — these critics’ concerns had me worried that the freight train of Idol might be chugging to a stop. The Voice briefly legitimized this fear by pulling ahead in the coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic and beating the Fox stalwart in the ratings race.

Still, I stuck with Idol this season, and I’m glad I did. After three months of watching, I remain convinced that American Idol is a viable singing competition — with the best vocals of any show on TV. American Idol kept its focus on the contestants and their singing, and over the course of the spring, it reclaimed its title as the highest-rated television show on television.

Here’s why Idol reigns supreme:

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'The Voice': On the scene for the season 2 finale

By Whitney Pastorek

Stuck in traffic on the way to the finale of The Voice tonight, I felt a palpable excitement, PopWatchers. Last night’s epic battle of Jermaine Paul, Chris Mann, Juliet Simms, and Tony Lucca had featured such fireworks – both literal and (yes, Adam) metaphorical – I felt certain that I was about to bear witness to a dramatic spectacle! Would Christina punch Adam in the face? Would Tony Lucca’s wife rip out Christina’s weave? Would audience members spontaneously combust in the heat? I did not know, but I was prepared for anything.

Sadly, the answer turned out to be: none of the above. It was a somewhat languid finale for those of us there in person, as the heat in the soundstage led not to combustion, but wilting. It took very little time for Bill the Warmup Dude to inform us that we were the quietest audience ever. “Your clapping should be contagious, like a cold,” Bill told us. “I need your applause to be real applause, with both hands making noise.” Eventually he gave up, and just told everyone that Justin Bieber would be performing later. That did the trick. READ FULL STORY

'The Voice' season finale: And the winner is...

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know who won season two of The Voice, then look away! If you’re still with me, then click through for the winner! READ FULL STORY

Carson Daly blogs 'The Voice' finale: Let's crown a winner!

The finale feels like graduation. When you look back, it offers a time of reflection. Last night we showed video of the four finalists’ transformations and how far they’ve all come, and you look back and it’s amazing, the journey that we’ve all had. Since the Super Bowl, this season has absolutely flown by. We had a lot of the eliminated artists in the audience last night, and you’ll see some of them on the air tonight. It’s been so wonderful to see how confident everyone is now. The four finalists are all there for a reason, and they’re strong not only because they’re four of the strongest voices in the competition, but they’re the artists who have risen to the occasion. I think anybody could win this thing, I really do. There’s not a runaway winner here. Tonight’s going to be really, really interesting.

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'The Voice' on the scene: Add one more to Tony's '99 Problems'

By Whitney Pastorek

Was it all a dream, PopWatchers? These past months, in which I did no blogging, covered no singing competitions, never ended a question with “[comma] PopWatchers” — did I hallucinate them somehow? Or is it possible that your Aunt Whittlz set out on a path in her life that led her from EW, circled through the Thousand Acre Wood, and deposited her right back here, to a PopWatch blog about a singing competition? Am I some sort of demented Tigger with a penchant for self-abuse? You be the judge!

Actually, please don’t. I haven’t missed that part.

Hi! I’m back, for a two-night-only limited engagement as your On The Scene Reporter Person for NBC’s hit singing/chair-rotating competition, The Voice. [Read Melissa Maerz's recap here.] Are you excited? I am! In fact, after burning my brains to a crisp covering Idol for I-can’t-even-count-how-many seasons (what? it was only three years?), I couldn’t wait to get into the Voice soundstage, henceforth to be known as the VoiceBox, and start scribbling down the snark I’ve been storing in my wooden leg under all the bourbon. READ FULL STORY

'The Voice' final live round: Who will win, and who should win? -- POLL

This is THE VOICE! The performances are over, the voting lines are open and in 24 hours, America will have crowned its winner for season two of television’s best singing competition. So who will it be!? READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: Finding 'The Voice,' life advice from Stephen Colbert, and celebrating mom

There are a few mysteries to solve this week, starting with a new one from Sherlock Holmes on the second season of Sherlock on PBS, then moving through the start of season finales to discover the winner of The Voice. Later in the week, find some great pop culture graduation gifts (’tis the season…) like the new Stephen Colbert book, and then don’t forget to do something nice for your mom next Sunday. Have a great week!

SUNDAY
Sherlock returns to Masterpiece Mystery, PBS, 9 p.m.

Making plans for Sunday nights the next few weeks is elementary, my dear PopWatchers. Benedict Cumberbatch is back as everyone’s favorite detective and Martin Freeman joins him as Watson for the second season of the beloved Steven-Moffat-and-Mark-Gatiss series.  This week: Could Sherlock be in love? Check out Ken Tucker’s preview below.  READ FULL STORY

'The Voice' react: Meet your final four! -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen tonight’s elimination episode of The Voice, stop reading now! Unless you want to know the identities of the four singers moving on to the final round…

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Carson Daly blogs 'The Voice' live shows, week 5: From the elite eight to the final four

It really feels like we’ve got an elite eight, and now we go down to the final four tonight. We saw a lot of emotions last night from everybody! Emotions on a lot of levels: everything from Erin Willett, who really broke down after her song, to Cee Lo, who was very emotional during Chris Mann’s opera performance and certainly during Juliet Simms’. Everybody’s realizing that there’s only one more week left on season two of The Voice, and we have come so far. I think it’s starting to dawn on a lot of people, and it’s very, very emotional. This does not feel like a TV show to us; this feels like a family, and the family’s been through a lot. A lot of good things, but there’s a sense of the finality of it all, and I think people last night were really emotional because of it. By and large, 90% of last night was a shared experience where all the coaches really got to just enjoy these elite 8 and the battle lines were a little less drawn.

I think Tony Lucca’s Britney Spears song last week worked well for him. It got him America’s save, people responded to it, and it was a gutsy decision, and ever since Christina called him one-dimensional, making gutsy decisions has been the thing that’s really worked well for Tony Lucca. After his performance last night of “How You Like Me Now?,” a girl I work with this morning said that was the first time she saw Tony as a leading man. He was dashing, he was dancing, he had so much soul. He looked like an all around performer, and it paid off! It had a ton of energy, another excellent call by Coach Adam, and I think it’s going to pay off for him. We’ll see if he wins tonight! If he’s in the finals for Team Adam, it’ll be interesting to see what his final song is, because the last couple have been left of center.

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'The Voice': Five reasons to become obsessed with watching clips from Australia's show

The Voice has become a ratings hit Down Under, where its inaugural Aussie incarnation, currently in the battle rounds, features coaches Keith Urban, Seal, Joel Madden, and Delta Goodrem. We all know the blind auditions and battle rounds are the most fun part of the show, which is why I’m currently obsessed with The Voice Australia’s YouTube page, which is loaded with clips (that, sadly, are not all playable in the U.S. — boo!). Here are five reasons you should follow suit:

1. Urban makes the best faces, ever. Behold the blind audition for Karise Eden, who got all four coaches to turn around before she even finished the first line of “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” below. She eventually chose Seal. Maybe because she didn’t know that look on Urban’s face, pictured, was actually a good one?  READ FULL STORY

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