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NBC’s The Voice VS Fox’s American Idol. Opposites Attract Viewers?


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I found a very interesting article this fine morning over at NPR.Org.

The discussion centered around the success of The Voice and how it is, perhaps, fulfilling the void created by dissatisfied American Idol viewers.

Here is some insightful commentary from this article: “The Voice offers real working musicians as judges, presenting valuable advice to teams of singers. They talk about things like breath control, restraint, blending harmonies and other technical issues that rarely come up on Idol.”

And even more: “Another factor at play is Idol’s pervasive and ever-increasing focus on youth. It’s going into the finals next week with both contenders who are still in high school: Scotty McCreery, 17, and Lauren Alaina, who was just 15 years old when she auditioned.

But The Voice has standout rocker Beverly McClellan, 41. Onetime Idol contestant Frenchie Davis is 31 and grizzled soul crooner Nakia is 36.”

The author of this article, Eric Deggans, makes some extremely valid points and offers plenty of food for thought.

Grab a coffee and have a read. It’s not a long article, but it is packed with timely, concise advice for all.

Are you enjoying The Voice so far? Have you become disillusioned with American Idol? Is there room for both? Do you think X-Factor will knock both of them out of the running for ratings?

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

3 Responses to “NBC’s The Voice VS Fox’s American Idol. Opposites Attract Viewers?”

  1. I tried getting into Idol around when it first starting airing, but never really got hooked on it like I have with The Voice! I like the way that The Voice is going with the blind auditions and battle rounds, it really does just hook you in and make you want to watch more. Lucky for me since I am not home on Tuesday nights I’m able to catch up with the new airings online from my TV provider/employer DISH Network and their online site. It’s called DISHOnline.com and helps me keep up with all my favs away from home. I definitely loved the last episode of battles. Loved all of them! Check it out here http://beta.dishonline.com/shows/345243-the_voice/videos/871181-battles_round_2&uhm=socme. It’s free for everybody to watch! 🙂

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  2. I haven’t come to my conclusions about liking The Voice better because at this point I don’t.

    I have felt that Idol was catering to its youthful voters this season. All the final contestants were very young, with Naima being the oldest at 26. Both Seasons 9 and 10 had contestants with less experience than Seasons 7 and 8. This season goes back to early Idol.

    I know absolutely nothing about X-Factor and how their voting system works. I don’t know yet what The Voice will be doing when it comes to the viewing audience voting. What I do know is that Idol MUST make major changes to its voting system. However, I don’t want the Judges selecting who will go home!

    I didn’t like the article’s implications that Steven and Jennifer might not be “working” musicians and The Voice Judges are. That is not the problem with the Idol judges. They are afraid to provide constructive criticism because they don’t want to be booed by the audience or have fans get angry with them. Until they can be more forthright with their criticism and suggestions, they will be considered less talented judges.

    I think Steven can be replaced. I was thinking about Chris Isaak as an Idol judge. I remember Idol talked to him about it last year. I really do like Jennifer as an Idol judge.

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  3. Thank you MCL – I read the NPR article, agree with the points made about AI10, and will check out the Voice.

    There is hope for an intelligent approach to “musicianship” and “criticism”. There may even be some constructive contributions to how emerging technologies could support the humanities that we need more than ever in our dynamic environment and shrinking world.

    I LIKE Scotty and Lauren as individuals – I felt Scotty’s charm at his audition and Lauren can definitely belt out a “standard” or “ballad” and I will not be surprised if she sells a “whole bunch” of mp3 condensed, digitized, and auto-tuned formats.

    However, how two very homogenized contestants emerged from the diverse field at AI10 is a sad denouement to a once entertaining show. I am not a music expert, but this show seems so out of touch with emerging trends in America and the world.

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