Daily Archives: June 8, 2011

If The Voice Had Premiered on “The Voice”

I’m really impressed by NBC’s current reality talent show, The Voice.  The coaches really get to invest in their “teams,” and I love the idea of the coaches performing with their mentees.

I realize that all these elements are designed to show up the flaws of a show like American Idol, which does very little to transform their amateur talents into top-notch entertainers.

So, it had me wondering: what if David had entered a competition like The Voice instead of American Idol?

For one, he would have been performing more contemporary hits like what he did with One Republic on “Apologize”:

For another, his rendition of Chris Brown’s “With You” wouldn’t have been treated as a “chihuahua trying to be a tiger” (Simon Cowell’s critique of the performance, who added that he was glad David didn’t do a “treacly ballad, which would have been expected” – Ugh! I still get mad over this nonsense):

Unfortunately, the AI format was such that David got presented as an old-fashioned singer who “couldn’t do pop” (remember David Foster’s pronouncement?).  Imagine if he got “coached” by an Adam or even a Christina!