In all, the show is kind of a big ball of cheese that is saved by the great
Let's start with the positive: this is a really great panel. Easily the best among the reality judge panels today aside from Top Chef's and Project Runway's. What's even better is the panel is balanced, with all four bringing major musical chops and
The show also boasts a great amount of fun. The blind auditions led to some friendly competition between the coaches (hey, I didn't say
As a reality show, The Voice is a little too fond of the corniness and not enough on making it a real production but it works well enough. As a talent search, however, it fails miserably. Hell, they ran out of potential auditioners so quickly they had to cycle back through the rejects just to fill each coach's team! Not only that, but you've seen a lot of these folks before. Remember that Idol came under incredible scrutiny for allowing those with major record deals before to compete in its seventh season. The main complaint was that this allowed for a massive advantage. That's not so much of a worry here, as almost everyone has this advantage! It does, however, make for a really stupid talent search--they know these contestants are talented! We know they are too! We've seen it all before!
I'm afraid that The Voice is going to run out of chemistry between the coaches and the whole thing is going to look like a tired retread very quickly. Because as Idol is showing us right now, you need great contestants to make a show like this worth watching. And right now the contestants on The Voice are boring me to tears.