• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 26, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8

There are no positive critic reviews yet.

User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 69 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. May 24, 2011
    3
    Whoa, look at all the 10s! I'm happy to be be "the voice" of reas--, uh, dissent among the viewers, as I don't see "The Voice" as much of an advance on earlier televised singing competitions. For one thing, the show still limits performances to about 40 seconds, allowing no time to build a song's emotional intensity. Singers have to burst into full-throated histrionics by the second bar, then keep the pedal to the metal, hitting as many extra notes as possible in the time remaining, including some really high ones. The show's main gimmick is that its 4 celebrity "coaches" choose singers without first seeing them, which--surprise, surprise--seems to help mainly the pretty ones, who can now tell themselves that talent alone is responsible for their success, despite the fact that the "coaches" face the audience, which CAN see the singers. The coaches vary a lot in appeal. Musically, none is really my cup of tea, but I find Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine quite likeable--and (mostly) discerning. Christina Aguilera is, no surprise, the spokesperson for what pains me to call Soul, demanding to be "moved" and "transported," but picking over-the-top screechers. And I'll bet anyone a thousand dollars that someone has devised a drinking game in which shots are downed every time she sticks both arms up in the air and wiggles. Two thousand says no player has lasted past the fourth commercial break, even the raging alcoholics. Blake Shelton plays the laconic country dude to the point of caricature, though he makes an interesting musical choice from time to time. Overall, though, the show feels incoherent. The "coaches" are soon going to become standard executioners--and a couple seem already to be stacking their teams accordingly. The singers perform in front of a massive forearm topped with a fist holding a microphone while raising two fingers in a "V" (for "voice," "victory," or peace, I could not say). Everything about the giant arm makes my brain hurt, not least that it looks like the base of the "hands of victory" (a/k/a "forearm of Saddam") monument in Baghdad. And the singers look like praying mantises dancing in front of it. Carson Daly is a pain in another organ entirely, and why anyone thought it'd be a good idea to have him running around asking "how do you feel?" and begging to join the interracial families is beyond me. Get rid of him, and give the singers another 15 or 20 seconds to warble! Better yet, make shows that focus more on music than on gimmicks.â Full Review »
  2. Feb 2, 2012
    9
    The format of the Voice is, in my opinion, without flaws. The 'blind auditions' are where the show shines; the judges each not being able to see the contestants, only hear their voices, and choose whether or not they are through to the next round based on that rather than image or how good-looking a contestant is. The battle rounds, where two contestants have a sing-off inside a boxing ring also highlight the positive aspects of the show. For the first rounds, when filming it is a full-length performance but obviously has to be cut down to 'about 40 seconds' to fit everything in.

    A few people are (obviously) hating on this show because it is related to Christina Aguilera, but it is what every reality-TV show should aim to be. All the coaches [as oppose to judges that feature on most of the inferior singing competitions] have chemistry with each other, which makes the show a lot more entertaining.
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  3. Jun 7, 2011
    9
    I hate reality shows & i hate pop music, but ive seen every episode
    Of this show and after seeing the performances with the
    Judges, it is
    hands down one
    Of the best shows on TV. i literally get excited to
    The point where my gf and me are on our feet dancing. (i tried rating
    10 But one touch and it went To 9 and wouldn't
    Let me go back)
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