The Voice ‘Battles’ Excite But Finish In Irrelevance

The media excitement over the Battle Rounds on NBC’s reality singing competition, The Voice, continued, such as the Entertainment Weekly‘s report a few days ago. The Battle Rounds on The Voice are a dramatic feature where two contestants from the same team sing a duo of the same song, and after the performance, their coach has to pick who won, and who lost, and the contestant that loses is finished competing on The Voice.

This is great drama for the viewers and no doubt bring many fans to watch The Voice and see the contestants go head to head in this manner. The creators of The Voice added more drama to the mix by allowing other coaches to “steal” the losing contestant of each Battle Round.

“A few of the most promising artists from the Blind auditions headed into the final Battle round tonight and not all of them made it out to sing ‘outside of their comfort zone’ another day… some of them got montaged! But there’s just a really wide, eclectic range of singers heading into the Knockouts next week, and this season could still go any which way,” Entertainment Weekly exclaimed about the Battle Rounds on The Voice.

The L.A. Times joined the fray, too, about the Battle Rounds, with, “TheVoice battles reached their not super-dramatic but perfectly pleasant end Tuesday night. Next week, it’ll be on to the knockouts, when Nate Ruess, of Fun. fame, will help mentor the teams.”

As with many other news outlets in their entertainment coverage, Yahoo Music joined with their coverage, too.

Writing for them, Lyndsey Parker wrote, “OK, full disclosure: I’m at South By Southwest right now, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet so I have plenty of time left in my schedule to catch the SXSW showcases by Voice all-stars Michelle Chamuel and Luke Wade. After all, if NBC can montage three of this season’s six final Battles on Tuesday’s severely condensed one-hour episode, then I can be brief too, right?”

The Battle Rounds, and the rest of the design of The Voice, are quite effective in attracting viewers, as The Voice is the most successful singing competition on television by its ratings. But as a producer of future musical talent, compared to American Idol, for example, it is not success, as reported last week by the Inquisitr.

“The contention is who wins, or even competes on The Voiceis irrelevant because the real attraction to watching The Voiceis the drama and competition between the four coaches to win the competition. Those who watch the program will remember incidents such as Blake Shelton giving out Adam Levine’s phone number, or the many times when two or more of the four coaches have fought over getting a contestant to join their teams. The entire focus of the show truly is the four celebrity coaches and not the unknown contestants who appear on the show while the four coaches are truly the stars of the show. On American Idol, the contestants are the stars of the show,” the Inquisitr reported.

[Picture of the Battle Rounds from The Voice from Entertainment Weekly]

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