The Voice is Back with a Bang!
Move over American Idol – The Voice is back!
The Voice debuted in 2011 and has brought NBC an everlasting spring of viewers. The ratings for the first and second seasons were huge, and every season since has been off the charts. How huge is this show? In comparison to what once was the hottest vocal competition on television, American Idol, The Voice has actually stolen some of its viewership. In fact, during that second season of The Voice, American Idol took a 22 percent hit on the amount of viewers it received. But the comparisons don’t stop there for the two talent competitions.
Throughout its decade on the air, American Idol has brought us stars like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Philip Philips. Although its ratings are still high, the last few seasons have seen steady decline in fans. While The Voice has yet to produce the same kind of star power, the show is actually much more viewer friendly than its counterpart. The Voice has four celebrity judges, who during the first two seasons included mega stars Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, and CeeLo Green. In its fourth season, both CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera abandoned the show to pursue other projects. This left a void that needed to be filled. Two new judges were brought in to take their places, Shakira and Usher. Although a change in panel can sometimes lead to a decline in viewers, The Voice’s ratings continued to climb!
It seems as though fans are sick of the same Idol story line being played out over and over again. They want something fresh, fun, and entertaining. The average contestant on the Voice is 25 years old, which means that the Voice has pro talent, and features only the best singers out there. Idol has a knack for finding young talent, but has a tendency to be shakier around the edges and less entertaining to watch.
We now fast forward to the 5th season of the show. Christina is back, ratings are high, and the talent on the Voice is better than ever! Season five promises to bring in the ratings and the talent, and should continue to make NBC richer and its fans happier. Next season has already been planned, with Usher and Shakira back for another cycle of making stars out of incredible talents. We are confident that fans will continue to make The Voice the hottest vocal competition on television. As Idol continues to suffer ratings losses, the Voice will surely pick up the slack in the best possible way!