9 Reasons Why The Voice Is Totally Fake
Have you watched season after season of The Voice, but felt there was something off about the entire show? Don’t worry, plenty of people feel the same way, and with good reason. The Voice might be a hit series for NBC, but it’s bad news for anyone wanting an authentic singing competition. From the way the show treats its contestants, to the format itself, reality strongly suggests this TV series is completely fake. Here’s what you need to know before you #VoiceSave anyone else.
1.The show’s roots are in television, not music
On its surface, The Voice seems very similar to other singing competition shows such as American Idol or X-Factor, yet there’s one very big difference: the main forces behind those other shows have ties to the music industry. Respective creators Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller are men with decades of music industry experience and relevant connections. The show runners behind The Voice are centered on television. According to the show’s IMDb page, practically none of The Voice producers have anything to do with the music business.
Oh sure, the series dangles a six-figure prize and a recording contract in front of its winners, but when the people behind the show lack a genuine connection to the music industry, it explains the contestants’ struggles to forge careers that actually go somewhere.
2.That in-depth coaching you see on TV is strictly for the cameras
Aren’t you amazed that these megastars with established music careers, upcoming albums, and arenas to fill are able to take time from their busy schedule to work with dozens of Voice contestants? Well, you should be because it doesn’t happen. At least, not to the degree the show’s editing makes you think.
Just ask Ddendyl Hoyt. During an interview with the Washington Post, the Season 6 contestant said her Voice mentor wasn’t as hands-on as TV viewers were led to believe. “What [Voice viewers] don’t show is all the coaching that comes from the staff,” Hoyt said. “The vocal coaches, the band director, the producers—everyone has notes for you.” She claimed much of the “coaching” comes from a team of staff members—not the celebrity judges. What audiences see is reportedly only a tiny part of the process. Though Hoyt was “Team Shakira,” she said she only met with the Latin pop princess for taped portions of the show. Otherwise, for her and the other contestants, “the majority of our growth was left to us on our own,” she said. Bummer.
3.The show was accused of stealing musical arrangements
4.Its version of diversity was exchanging one blonde judge for another
For several seasons, The Voice switched up its female judges by simply swapping one blonde woman for another: Christina Aquilera, Shakira, and Gwen Stefani. When asked about its seemingly formulaic judging panel, “There was no even thought about it,” Executive Producer Mark Burnett told XFINITY. “Some people said to us, [‘Did you swap a] blonde woman for a blonde…but we didn’t give a thought about female, race or anything.” As critics slammed the program for its lack of female diversity, the series finally took a chance on Alicia Keys, the first black woman to serve as a season-long mentor. It also added Miley Cyrus as a coach. Her locks are ever-changing but were decidedly blonde when she joined the cast. Seriously, a show that seems this hung up on the hue of its women judges’ hair can’t be for real.
5.The judges allegedly hate each other when the cameras aren’t rolling
If the rumors are to be believed, the friendly banter we see in each episode may be an outright lie. The Voice judge Adam Levine reportedly had a long-running feud with former judge Christina Aguilera, and rumor has it Aguilera quit the show over an alleged beef with Stefani.
There are multiple reports that Levine is also feuding with judge Miley Cyrus. You wouldn’t know it on TV, but a source told Us Weekly the two “totally butted heads” when she was a guest mentor, so her promotion to the role of a season-long coach was probably not something Levine supported. Supposedly, Cyrus and Levine are too similar. “They both have short attention spans,” the insider said, “They find each other annoying. Adam would get agitated when Miley would interrupt him, and she enjoyed getting under his skin.”
6.Winning means absolutely nothing in terms of stardom
At the time of this writing, The Voice was about five years deep and on its 11th season. Do you know how many superstars the show has produced? Zero. The series hasn’t even produced a flash-in-the-pan or a one-hit wonder. For all The Voice’s early boasts about what separated it from similar talent shows, the one defining factor to date is its lack of lasting musical careers.
While there are still starry-eyed hopefuls competing on The Voice, desperate to make something happen, the trend thus far has been a short stint in the spotlight, followed by an unceremonious fade into obscurity. Heck, a person has a better chance of blowing up via YouTube than The Voice. Just ask Justin Bieber.
7.Your votes mean nothing
If you really believe you have the final say in who actually progresses or wins on The Voice, you’ve been duped. According to the New York Daily News, contestants and audience members actually have very little power. The iron-clad contracts that Voice contestants eagerly sign in pursuit of stardom put the power entirely in the hands of Voice producers. They can decide to eliminate a contestant whenever it pleases them, even if they’re “winning with the public.”
That revelation makes the need to phone in to save so-and-so rather pointless, doesn’t it? How do you know if a contestant survived due to the will of faithful viewers or the whim of Voice producers? It takes the real out of “reality.”
8.The contestants are the least important people on the show
After 11 seasons, this may seem kind of obvious, but what we have here is a show that purports to be about finding “the voice,” yet devotes most of its time and energy to advancing the fame and fortune of people who already have both. The contestants? Forgotten. Yes, hardcore Voice fans can tell you about all the amazing talents that blew them away season after season, but the big headlines are nabbed by the mentors: Levine’s evolving hairstyles, Stefani and Shelton’s romance, backstage battles, and on-stage collaborations.
According to Billboard, “the show’s greatest use” has been “taking established artists and making them bigger—much bigger—while showcasing a celebrity chemistry using high-caliber names that usually don’t tread in prime-time reality.”
So viewer beware: while the show manipulates you with contestants’ sob stories to lure you in week after week, it will inevitably toss these bright-eyed individuals in the trash heap to make room for the next batch of suckers who think this is their ticket to the top.
9.Viewers seem to be catching on
The Voice premiered in 2011 to 11.7 million viewers, and about 10.8 million people came back for the first ever season finale. The most recent season debuted to similar numbers, boasting a premiere that attracted between 11 and 12 million viewers. On the surface, that’s outstanding, as The Voice remains a ratings powerhouse. The problem? The show seems to have already peaked ratings-wise.
To date, The Voice’s highest rated episode was its Season 2 premiere, which was lucky enough to immediately follow the Super Bowl. As such, viewership soared to 37.6 million. The show’s second highest episode came in Season 6 when an audience of 15.86 million tuned in for the premiere. It’s also worth noting that Season 6’s finale lost the night to Dancing With the Stars. Even more concerning? Season 10’s finale of The Voice was the worst-performing finale to date.
Season 11’s drastic lineup change was probably a direct response to Season 10’s weak finish, but the Season 11 premiere posted lower ratings than Season 10’s premiere, thus killing any notion of a “new era.” The show’s slow decline suggests its novelty factor has worn off. While this isn’t a nightmare scenario yet, it means the show will need to do something drastic to reinvigorate the public and avoid an American Idol-like decline. Our suggestion: infuse some authenticity into this so-called reality show.