I’m sorry if you’re still watching “Dancing With The Stars.” If you are, it means you’re missing “The Voice.” And let me tell you — you’re missing out on one great show.
“The Voice” is back for Season 4 with two new judges. Shakira and Usher have replaced Ceelo Green and Christina Aguilera. As much as I appreciated Ceelo and Christina, I’m loving Shakira and Usher in the swivel chairs. Both fit in nicely with veteran coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.
Can Shakira and Usher produce teams that make winners? I believe so, but both Shelton and Levine have already done so. So, let the banter begin.
I’m still on the fence with “The Voice” as it pertains to being able to produce music stars, though. So far, Javier Colon (Season 1), Jermaine Paul (Season 2) and Cassadee Pope (Season 3) have won, but that has yet to translate into major success. Pope has the best chance, since her win is still fresh in the minds of viewers.
Currently, Ceelo has two former team members on the charts, including the newly signed Vicki Martinez. She and Ceelo perform together on Martinez’s debut single “Come Along.” The song is a hit and Martinez only made it to the top four on Season 1.
“The Voice” has done a superb job of making even bigger stars out of the judges (or coaches). It has been the case for all the judges so far. It’s just another platform to be seen and heard and in this format, that’s huge.
One thing that continues to intrigue me about “The Voice” is not seeing the singers beforehand, known as the blind audition phase. During this part of the show, coaches build their teams. The knock out rounds will be awesome as the “steal” was brought back.
I love the banter between coaches as they fight for their teams, especially that between Shelton and Levine. These two know how to rack up ratings. NBC has got to love them for this.
However, Shakira and Usher are not taking a back seat to them. They’ve done quite well making their presence known on the show. Remember, they’re newbies to this kind of format, which in some ways works in their favor.
I feel the need to point something out, though, before going further. Do not underestimate Shakira. She is the most successful artist of the four coaches. She has sold the most albums (60 million) and won nine Grammys. She also speaks five languages.
The talent so far this season has been strong, which puzzles me as to why the show can’t make a major star like “American Idol” can. The talent is there, for sure. I’m particularly fond of Judith Hill. She was hand-picked by Michael Jackson to perform on his “This Is It” Tour. She’s beautiful and she has an awesome voice.
Page 2 of 2 - I’m certain she’ll be a contender. Perhaps she’ll be the one to make it all the way and become the big star the show desperately needs to produce.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Mich., Journal correspondent. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.