I don't care for country music in general. I wasn't raised with it so I never got a chance to develop an appreciation for it. I did vote for the Swon Brothers, however, because I liked them as performers.
I know the show is called The Voice and people get annoyed when singers they see as having better voices get cut. The thing is the only time a choice can be made based solely on someone's voice is during the blind rounds. Once the singer is on our screens and performing, "America" or actually those people who watch this show DO see the contestants. And people judge performances by more than a voice. They judge on likeability, how the songs are presented and sometimes for reasons that aren't necessarily conscious. I liked how the Swon Brothers made me feel and I truly enjoyed them, so I voted for them. I loved Michelle and the energy of her performances, so I voted for her. Danielle did nothing for me, so I didn't vote for her. But Danielle did a lot for a large number of people, so she won.
The AV Club reviewed the finale for The Voice. I thought it was a pretty good review. Here are a few quotes
And yet there’s something about The Voice that I admire, and tonight’s two-hour finale offered a nice demonstration of it. What works about The Voice is that it’s upfront about how it’s ultimately a space where NBC can sell celebrity and commercial products on the backs of unknown singers....Daly stops the broadcast late in the hour to personally thank Starbucks on behalf of the crew, suggesting the crew could not have completed their labor if not for their caffeinated—and promotional—support.
Also from the article
And yet as the finale progressed, there was something strikingly genuine about the whole affair. During Monday’s performance finale, Shakira brought props to express her support for the three remaining finalists given that all of her team had been eliminated before the final round. The props mean little, really, but Shakira seemed to genuinely enjoy being able to play cheerleader for these people. And when you watch Usher talk about what it would be like for Michelle to win the competition, or as you watch how much fun Blake was having playing the goofball with his team, you realize this is fun and meaningful for them. The relationships the contestants speak to with the coaches don’t feel like a construct of the Mark Burnett machine, but rather genuine human connections, reinforced when the season’s final image is all of the coaches and the three finalists on stage with winner Danielle Bradbery’s family, as though they’re all part of the same family in the end.
The Voice works because you believe that image would have been identical had one of the other finalists won. Rather than a singing competition, The Voice is a documentary reality show about the mentorship of young singers by charismatic and caring celebrities. Each week viewers tune in not to see who wins and loses, but rather to watch as singers grow into artists; the same is true of most singing competitions, true, but the tight focus on mentorship foregrounds this narrative above that of competition.
The bolded part reflects my feelings.
And a final quote bolding mine again.
- I’m guessing there were a few audible exhales when the Swon Brothers were announced as the third place finishers, although it wasn’t much of a surprise: If Michelle had finished in third place they wouldn’t have announced it (because it would have robbed them of Usher and Blake holding hands over the winner), and there was no way Danielle was finishing third. Still, from what I saw online it seemed like they were the most divisive act remaining: As one person put it, “the pretty one is holding the other one back.”
The Voice is unique in that it starts about judgements on voices uninfluenced by other considerations. It becomes a look at what people do to make themselves appeal to a voting public and how already established artists play into this. Frankly, that is what I love about The Voice.
Edited by TWoP Howard, Jun 19, 2013 @ 1:51 PM.
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