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The Voice, X-Factor, American Idol…And Which One Rules Them All

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

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I originally posted this article back on March 25.  At that time I was entranced with the glitzy chairs and  star-power of America’s latest singing competition: The Voice.  I was amazed by the talent and the camaraderie between the judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine.  The Voice was fresh and relevant in a way that American Idol and X-Factor US wasn’t.  Unfortunately, the show had its serious ups-and-downs.  Now that The Voice has drawn to a close, I’ve taken a more jaded opinion of it.  I still love it, but I admit it has flaws (as many as American Idol and X-Factor, just in different ways).

So I’ve decided to re-edit this post to reflect a more objective viewpoint.  Plus, as I stated in the previous version of this post. the American Idol vs. The Voice debate is STILL getting on my nerves.  Maybe I’m getting old and stodgy but I seriously think America is tone-deaf.

I’ve been out of this singing reality loop for a while now. I think I only watched the first two and a half seasons of American Idol before I lost interest (I think around the time of that whole Hawaii Jasmine Tiras debacle… and after the disappointment of Clay Aiken’s debut album). But now I was willing to give that reality singing thing one more go. I got back just in time to watch X-Factor’s inaugural season, the Voice’s second season, and aged and doddering Idol’s 11th season. My verdict? No singing show is (in the words of the singer Pink) “Perfect.”  That being said, I’m still most definitely a “Voice” fan. X-factor is old news but now the Net is abuzz with The Voice and American Idol going head-to-head. If Season 3 of Idol lost me, Season 11 isn’t doing any better. I swear I think I’m just watching it to justify my reasoning of why The Voice is just so much better.

Plus it makes for a good blog article. So let’s get to it! Here’s the pros, cons, and myths surrounding America’s three biggest singing shows. (Come back in a few months to see what I think of America’s FOURTH singing competition…. “DUETS!” *rolls eyes*)