Before The Voice‘s first season premiered, it was marketed as the reality singing competition that would get rid of all the gimmicks. It was about nothing but pure talent. There weren’t judges, but instead, there were friendly coaches, who would find good vocalists and help them become great. The auditions were blind, which ensured that only the very best singers would get the chance to compete on the show, regardless of their appearance. It was all about the notes, the runs, the falsettos, and the voices that sent chills down viewers’ spines. This was The Voice.
Five seasons later, I’ve finally given up on the show. To me, season 1 was the only one that got things 100 percent right. From the moment Javier Colon started singing “Time After Time” in his blind audition, it was clear that we had just met The Voice of the season. I’m not saying he had the biggest voice, because I don’t think that’s what this show is about. It’s about having that talent, plus a little something extra that makes your voice different but is impossible to put into words. And Colon defined that.
After joining Team Adam, Colon continued his climb to the top. Each week, he was the clear leader until he was eventually crowned the winner. It wasn’t a surprising ending, but it was the right one. And viewers tuned in every week to hear Colon’s smooth-as-silk performance.
Cut to now, four seasons later, and The Voice finds itself in an unhealthy dilemma that seems to make it impossible for us to get through a season without an “upset.” Full disclosure: I can’t speak much about season 2 winner Jermaine Paul, because I didn’t watch that entire season. But I can speak to the pattern that was formed in seasons 3 and 4, and more importantly, what it is about season 5 that has made this fan walk away from her television for good.
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