The Voice Finale on NBC Wednesday night gave America a winner and proved what they said all along, this show isn't American Idol. The popular show, just in the first season, gave America exactly what they wanted to hear, with the big red chairs included. The season expectation was that another reality singing competition could fizzle, but the harmony of the judges, along with dedication of the contestants, made it happen.
So exactly what are the differences in these two shows? The Voice auditions were all based on sound. Those big red chairs only moved it the coaches felt they heard something special and not everyone made the cut at the beginning. Then as a special treat, each of the final four contestants performed an original single for the fans to download toward the end. It was a risky move but the fans devoured the downloads. Catering to the ears of the fans, there hasn't been a stronger, dare we say more desperate, group of finalists who wanted the opportunity as much as the final four did on season one.
The bigger winner of The Voice is America. The show, sticking to their initiative since the first day, proved to the audience that this wasn't American Idol. In fact, the well-groomed talent provided was strong enough to actually land duos with professional entertainers on stage and hold their vocal presence. The Voice's four judges, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine contributed to the concept bringing the spark that made the show even stronger.
By having coaches, the contestants got a chance to really explore the music business by having someone to help guide them along the way. Stepping up to take the contestants to concerts, sharing the facets of stage presence and divulging just how to please the audience while appreciating the music, it wasn't just about microphone presence it was the whole package based initially on the concept of how people sound before being seen.
While some had wondered if reality singing shows would make it, there is no doubt the return of season two will have a bigger fan base and stronger performers. Yet, there is no reason not to appreciate the first season of talent. It was announced that the top 8 performers will go on tour, starting in July around the country. Sponsored by Sprint and bringing out the best they have to offer, it is The Voice Tour.