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!