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Who Should The Voice Want to Win The Voice?

If the winner doesn't become a star, does the show lose cred? If Team Blake wins yet again, does the show get boring?

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It’s all over but the vote-and-iTunes-counting for The Voice, and my take remains the same: my heart says Michelle, but my money is on Danielle.

Michelle Chamuel has been, and was last night, the more electric performer, nerd-strutting across the stage like she lived there and everyone else was just visiting. But it still feels like the momentum all season has been with Team Blake in general and Danielle Bradbery in particular. To my taste, Danielle is a strong singer but dull, delivering sweet melodies while tethered by an invisible fence to whatever front porch or wishing well The Voice constructs as her homespun stage set. But her vocals were spot-on last night, as they usually are, and, well, they do call the show The Voice. My guess is Michelle needed the Swon Brothers to have a stronger night than they did, to split the country-music vote. (I don’t see the Brothers as having much shot at all, which, given my track record with these things, probably means you should empty out your bank account and put it all on the Swons.)

But who cares who I want? The more interesting question is: who would you want to win if you were a producer of The Voice?

I’m not trying to set up some sort of conspiracy theory, or sour-grapes argument, that the producers picked a favorite and have rigged the season in their favor. But the reason that shows like The Voice, American Idol, and so on generate those theories is that the shows do, at least potentially, have a vested interest in who wins. These series have different, though related, goals: they’re talent competitions, which want to launch successful recording artists, and TV shows, which want to pull big ratings year after year.

To take the first of those first: The Voice is the hot competition-reality show on TV right now, but it has yet to produce an independently massive celebrity like Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood. That hasn’t hurt it in the ratings at this point, but like Idol’s, the producers must be aware this ultimately affects its credibility. (One reason besides money, maybe, that iTunes sales are baked right into the results.) Not to take away from any of the finalists, but I’m guessing that Danielle is the most easily marketable of the potential winners: the audience loves a child prodigy, and the likes of Underwood and Miranda Lambert have shown that country audiences will vote with dollars for a singing-show winner. And indeed, Danielle had the final singing slot, putting her fresh in the minds of voters at the show’s end.

One hitch with Danielle as a Voice winner: her coach. Blake Shelton has already won The Voice—or his team has—twice in three goes. If he goes three for four, there’s the risk that he becomes the presumed favorite going forward—and thus, the show gets boring.

It’s not just the risk of the audience starting to assume that the winner is a foregone conclusion; The Voice’s format, in which contestants choose among coaches who want them, particularly lends itself to conferring advantage on a winning coach. If Blake Shelton has won 75% of the Voice seasons, and not only with country acts, why wouldn’t you pick him if you had the option? If this happens—and I suspect that it did to some extent already this season—then, like a college with a winning football program, he has a built-in recruiting advantage.

That’s entirely fair, by the way. That’s life. And it’s good for Team Blake. But for the show? Among Idol’s many problems in recent seasons has been that it produced one similar winner after another—handsome boys, usually with guitars—to the extent that it became predictable. And whether or not that was a cause of the show’s ratings declines, it was enough of an issue that, or so it seemed, the producer and judges steered the last season away from boys-with-guitars and toward female pop singers.

But Idol’s ratings dropped this season anyway, maybe despite that shift, or maybe because of it. Which may mean that, whatever worries about the show producing stars or becoming predictable, The Voice’s producers’ only good option is to stay out of the way as much as possible, let America pick who it wants, and hope that the voters produce a show that viewers will still turn their chairs around for next year.

46 comments
Lilli
Lilli

I just want to point out that Miranda Lambert as well as many others who have had successful careers post tv talent show,  was not  a "singing show winner" because she came in 3rd on Nashville Star. I also think it is kind of the typical comment people make, but illogical to assume that this blonde singer who won season 4 is the most marketable just because she is a girl next door type with a pretty voice. I think there are some out there like that, but there is a majority of most successful singer performers who have not been this type, regardless of hair color or race, but have been unique and quirky with their own sense of style, and talented songwriters themselves, like Michelle.


Read more: http://entertainment.time.com/2013/06/18/who-should-the-voice-want-to-win-the-voice/#ixzz2Zsui4Hle

RayCrosier
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2beachbums

Immediately following the Swon Brothers first performance on their last night of completion prior to the voting, my husband wrote down the numbers posted on the screen for a viewer to call if they wanted the Swon Brothers.  A mistake was made by The Voice.  The wrong telephone number was posted.  They listed the last four digits as "2303" when it should have been posted as "2301"  After the Swon Brothers performed a second time, their phone number was corrected to 2301.  The 2303 number that was assigned to the Swon Brothers was also assigned  to Danielle after each of her two performances.  Michelle had been assigned correct phone numbers after each of her performances, but it was only the Swon Brothers who would have lost out on votes if viewers wrote down the numbers after the first performances and did not notice the change in phone numbers for the Swon Brothers after their second performance.  We enjoyed the Swon Brothers, but were supporting Michelle.  However, because of the inconsistency which we observed immediately after Danielle's first performance, My husband and I emailed the show and the network regarding their error which demonstrated favoritism.  We never received a reply to either email.  So, we now can only assume one conclusion.  It was not a mistake.  It was rigged!!!  If you have recorded the program prior to their last night of voting, please review what we observed!!! 

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

better question than "who does the voice want to win the voice": who gives a $hit who wins the voice?

Reganlicious
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History has proven that the past Voice winners never have anywhere NEAR the star studded careers as other shows. Idol‘s least successful winner, 2010′s Lee DeWyze, sold 146,000 albums, more than tripling Javier Colon’s sales (Former Voice winner). Even Idol punch line William Hung sold 200,000 albums. And considering The Voice‘s season 2 winner, Jermaine Paul, hasn’t even released a debut album, maybe there is something missing from The Voice formula. Why can’t singers successfully transition from selling cover songs to selling albums of original music?

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@Reganlicious 

you actually took the time to post about the history of the voice? your time could have been spent doing literally anything else and it would have been a better use of time

Lilli
Lilli

@cjh2nd @Reganlicious You actually took the time to post telling someone not to waste THEIR time? Both you and I are wasting our time as well..hahaha!

Guest000
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Based on the country lovers comments here, they should rename The Voice to The Redneck Show.

apaper
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Danielle is technically excellent but boring and doesn't seem to make any emotional connection, and she will probably win. Michelle is on fire and has quite the following but the producers really seem to be pushing Danielle for the win. I noticed on the website last night that three of the highlighted clips had Danielle named first, even when they were group performances, and her face is the first thing you see. Their bias is more obvious than usual.

Lilli
Lilli

@apaper I honestly didn't think the winner was "technically excellent" vocally, but merely good.  MIchelle has much more potential vocally, in my opinion, as well as in other ways. Her cover of "stand by your man" showed her range and versatility. If you look for other non Voice youtube videos from both singers, you will see what I mean, I think.  I do agree the winner was pushed to win, though.

djspinningblades
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why do people like usher,  ushers people sucked bad he has no talint and counterys they waay to go if you seen the twitter page its all about the  swan brothers , nothing about anyone else grow up she sucked the danny song was the best and not easy to sing lets see you try and sing it to all who think machel is so good shes a no one and the other ones are better cus they know what we want why do u think blake won 3 times out of 4


aureusliber
aureusliber

You might make your point clearer if you learned how to spell. I stopped reading after the first sentence.

Minerva

Lilli
Lilli

@aureusliber That is generous of you Minerva, but I think even if this person fixed the grammar, it is not a well-written nor well thought-out comment. 

Guest000
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@djspinningblades Why do the country music fans not know how to write using basic grammar with correct punctuation marks? I have seen a lot of this writing from country music fans.

JM17
JM17

People keep watching football, baseball and basketball even though some teams always make the finals. I don't think it matters if Blake wins again. People enjoy the singing as much as the suspense. Danielle is just a plain great singer. Michelle's fine but last night she walked through "Why" and you could hardly hear her voice during "one". Danielle deserves the win.

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@JM17 

trying to compare $hitty, scripted reality TV to sports is a stretch at best

hattrickassoc
hattrickassoc

Scripted? Hmmm. Didn't know you could script a musical performance. 

CarolWeaver
CarolWeaver

I just feel that something is not right with that mirror (trick) done last night with Michelle as she stood still and just sang into a mirror and then at the end the vision in the mirror ( that looked  exactly like her, but not her, ) did not wave back! Other than that she just walks back and forth across the stage, and sings, the same kind if songs. Singing is not the whole thing, it is stage presence and also watching for some kind of ability to show true humility. I doubt the humility that was told in the beginning, as it was used to be seen as a poor young woman with a hard beginning and a life not quite right, and people not understanding her. that also was some kind of trick as she is not so afraid, as she tried to say. Anyway that 'jumps on a man" like she did usher, on one of the shows and wrapped her legs around his waist, does not seem "humble" but am not sure what that means to be honest? I was shocked to see any woman 'jump literally on a coach and warp legs around them . Usually you would date someone a long time before acting like that.

According to posts here though it looks like you have already decided on her, and yet she will be interesting to watch after winning in how long the success will last? Hope not fast and furious and then burned out? That can happen if the talent in other ways, is not found.  Maybe if she wins they can work on that and teacher her some new skills and how to dance some or somehow see the better way to walk across stage and how to dress, also. A new look,would be fun, to see. I guess i am not impressed that is all?I have danced all my life, and just do not see her showing much ''showmanship'', or something ,as this is missing as I see it, anyway?

Lilli
Lilli

@CarolWeaver Its funny I feel the same way as you, but about the one who won. She is the one who did the same thing every single time.  Start sitting, then stand and walk towards the front of the stage, nothing else, ever. And her songs sounded similar too.

Reganlicious
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In gymnastics you see girls jumping on their coaches like that all the time (and when I won dance competitions I jumped like that into my choreographer's arms sometimes). It has NOTHING to do with dating or sensuality. It's excitement and glee. Don't make it something it's not. That's silly and irrelevant. jeez...

CarolWeaver
CarolWeaver

Michelle Chamuel really sings fine, but the songs sound much the same. Just because she has made it clear that her sex is different 9 which no on needed to know) and just because it is now the "in" thing, does not mean she should be made popular as a star, making a point to the public. This should not matter in either direction and that is something of personal interest, only. People must not vote for her only for this reason or allowing it to take over their ideas of who would be best to begin a new horizon of life.  The walking across the stage does not show much ability to entertain, really, as she does not have grace and cannot keep beat in anyway. when  just walking back and forth. She needs to get out of her mode and be challenged.  Knowing you only need to sing, I guess gives her a chance, but she needs to try  different tempo. I am not saying that I want Danielle win and yet to have a voice and such grace and showmanship at age sixteen... says so much! I am positive Blake  will help her' either way' and move her into stardom, from what he says and you can tell he really knows she is right now  a  star in her own right. Even Adam, admitted this thought, last night. , and  how he felt " She had already won it all"  and have no questions about fact that Blake will be seeing after Danielle in either case. .   Someone who really has 'never  been trained at all,  in anyway , she is unbelievable with her talent and really think many, many, many people are leaning in her favor as this is a "natural talent" for her. With more coaching there is no telling where she could go. The Swom bros. do  very well too,  and are alot of fun to watch and listen to, as they do use some variety. Time will tell what happens.. We do not have much time left to find out the answer and it sure is not easy at this time to vote. So good luck to all, and am sure people will vote in the proper way, and based  on musical/singing talent, alone. This is what it is all about!

IndianButterfly05
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People need some one like Michelle Chamuel to win . The world need her she has compassion, strength, inter and outer beauty , and on top of that she is humble. you have lots of people praying for you Michelle Chamuel..

DougDeBolt
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I've been a huge fan of The Voice since the very beginning, and I've really enjoyed this season ... with a major exception of seeing the same singers go near the front every week and the same ones go near the end every week. The last big push (out the door) was Holly Tucker, who got to sing second, first, second and first in the last of her four episodes. In the last five shows, the Swon Brothers have gone 3rd-3rd-3rd-1st-1st. Danielle has been near the end each of the past three weeks, and last night she got two of the last three solo performances. The Swon Brothers' new performance was the first thing they did, and their final performance came with 42 minutes left in the show. Danielle went last and capped the evening with her new solo. Bottom line? The producers have flat out told us that they want Danielle to win. They'd be OK with a Michelle upset, but they sure as heck don't want the Swon Brothers anywhere near the winner's circle. I started learning to hate American Idol because of the heavy-handedness of the producers, and I loved The Voice because it seemed so much less orchestrated. After this season, I'm swearing off of singing shows altogether. Mark Burnett and his crew have ruined something that I really enjoyed. Perhaps I should thank them for freeing up three hours a week.

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@DougDeBolt 

perhaps you should get a hobby, because literally anything would be a better use of your time than watching and analyzing crappy, scripted reality tv

hattrickassoc
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@cjh2nd @DougDeBolt Better use of time than POSTING comments about people's lack of hobbies? Please enlighten us with how your days are spent...sure we could all learn a thing or two from you and your life ~

Fanoftalent
Fanoftalent

There's no bonus multiplier applied to placing in the Itunes top 10 of the finale and none of the purchases of earlier episodes made after 6/17/13 8PM ET (which was the start of the show) apply to the cumulative itunes count.  As well - none of the coaches' duet Itunes purchases are eligible in the count.   So....1) the show is probably not as rigged as you'd believe - it's just got genious marketers/business operations behind the scenes creating the fine print to maximize revenue while not making the rules conspicuous and 2) because of this... the results announcements will/have definitely been controversial because the majority of the viewing public aren't aware of/understand the fine print.

fanofmjkds65
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I TOTALLY agree with Minerva! My thoughts were EXACTLY THE SAME (when Danielle performed LAST)... Also, I couldn't have said it better myself about the "cute little darlings"... No doubt about it, Danielle has an amazing voice (for country fans). However "how about we let the voice reach maturity", before we bring them out to be judged against a mature voice, that someone had to put "consistant hard work" into, in order to get it there? Also, she does NOT have a "distinct" voice... It's still one of those voices that ya have to ask someone "who sings this country song"??? I would think "The Voice", holding that name, would want to snatch onto the "distinctive" voices like: Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Reba, Garth, Micheal Jackson, Rod Stewart, Elton John, etc., just to name a few... Now this is where Michelle comes in... MICHELLE "does" hold the "ONLY" distinctive voice, of ALL the voices that competed, right from the Blind Auditions...  

Lilli
Lilli

@fanofmjkds65 This is what I keep saying, plus, those people you mentioned, and many other music icons, also have their own distinctive look.  They are none of them "cookie cutter."

LTC
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Should be Danielle 1st, Swon Brothers 2nd ... Michelle a distant 3rd. Either way, Danielle and the Swon Bros. will be professional successes while Michelle won't. Who would ever buy her music or go to her concerts? It isn't just about singing but the artist ... Michelle is probably very unappealing to many.

Reganlicious
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Wrong. She was 2nd. And Indy Rock is very appealing to a lot of people actually. Open your ears and mind a little.

MC#1
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@LTC  

You are soooo wrong!!!

Minerva
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This is the first time I have ever watched a reality show but I was impressed by "The Voice," that is until the end. Do the producers really think that all viewers have no idea what they are trying to do? This show is not called "Miss America" but "The Voice;" and it is the performer's voice which should win, not the fact that they are cute or little darlings. When they placed Danielle last, the producers, as the commentator mentioned, intended to leave that last image in every viewers mind. Yes, Danielle is amazing and has a wonderful, maturing voice but hers is the result of an "accident" not consistent, hard work.

Michelle has outperformed anyone on this show and she has grown in her stage presence during the show. Her vocal ability is amazing: she has the range, the power, the command, the charisma, and what is more, the maturity and tenacity to be a musical star. She will be whether or not she wins.  Her duet with Usher was outstanding. Plus Usher seemed to put more energy and originality into his charges than I would have thought possible. 

I hope the producers keep this show honest. For instance, they could have the three final contestants draw for the final position in the final show instead of judging for us what they want us to remember. 

Fanoftalent
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Thank you TIME for a very positive article.  Agreeably the show has brought to the final three equally talented artists and despite the country girl being the favored winner, it would be pretty righteous to see Michelle win. Along with her ability to undeniably energize a crowd, there's a true role model in Michelle.  She's intelligent, extremely articulate, has a strong character, is humble - has no expectations about where she should be despite her talent, but has a vision of where she wants to be. And she loves what she does. I can't recall a singing talent show where anyone's surpised an audience week in and week out as much as Michelle has - and left the audience saying "I can't wait to see what she does next".  America should (have?) rewarded her with top billing on The Voice, but she by no means has lost. At this point, she's gained an incredible base of fans.   

ct451
ct451

the best thing producers can do is accept and follow the public vote. if you or they don't see this then you're all idiots

ct451
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this is what happened with the current season of voice UK. the producers/coaches made the choices and and the ratings went into the toilet. 

wooster
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Danielle is predictably the winner because she, like America's favorite ice cream, is vanilla. Plain and OK.  She has ZERO stage presence, and is one dimensional.

On the other hand,  Michelle gave me literal goosebumps with "Why", and her performance with Usher was outstanding.  I think that Usher's affection and admiration for her is genuine,  I respect his opinions,  and I think she has the charisma and talent to have a real career in music, if she can either write good material for herself or find someone who can. I think the lack of good songs  has been the downfall of many of the previous winners on this and other singing contests: their records, when released,  sucked. 

fanfive
fanfive

I think michelle should have been voted off a while ago she is ok but there were others that had more talent that got voted off

I would like to see the swan brothers win but i think the young Daniell has it wrapped up

OPaadimeister
OPaadimeister

I can not pick the clear winner from the remaining 3 acts, they are all awesome, different gendres but all deserve to win, Danielle is America's little darling and Michelle is the professional awesome stage performer. Swon Brothers have come a long way and remains the dark horse. Who would I buy with a record deal ? Danielle is my only shoe in that I would pay money for.

Guest000
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Danielle is the exact carbon-copy of Cassadee Pope only younger. Boring singer who sang the same-sounding songs week after week.

magcelmar
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I agree...for me though I would like to see either of the other two win over Danielle.  They seem more humbled by the whole experience.  With Danielle, I get the sense she expects to win and that doesn't win me over-even if she is the better vocalist, however dull she may be.  Blake has her singing all these classic country songs that she sounds great performing.  Sadly though, that is not what country music is anymore.   

Having said that, like you pointed out-The Voice has yet to actual market their past winners and produce a successful career for any of them which is very sad as they are all talented.  If they continue to bring all the past finalists out to premiere a song from their new albums along with the past winners, what's the point of actual being deemed the winner if everyone gets a tv spot?!  I think they should invest more in the winners if they wanted a show with more credibility and integrity...

I continue to watch but know that everyone is a winner because they all will receive record deals.  The question then becomes, who will persevere and succeed in the music industry/business.

Omagus
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@magcelmar "I continue to watch but know that everyone is a winner because they all will receive record deals.  The question then becomes, who will persevere and succeed in the music industry/business."

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I find this question interesting, mainly because I wonder how many people are in a camp similar to mine. I watch the show because I'm interested in hearing talented singers give their own unique renditions on known songs. For the most part, I'm decidedly less interested in hearing them perform original material. Plus, I'm not really part of the music buying audience anymore. I pay $10 per month for Spotify and if you're music cant't be found there, it drastically reduces the chances that I'll hear it. If there are enough people who have a similar philosophy, it would explain why sales haven't taken off.

That said, it does seem that each season, a particular singer captures my interest more than just as a TV performer (and so far it's never been the winner). Last season it was Nicholas David. The season before that it was Tony Lucca. This year it was Sasha Allen. She has such a powerful and dynamic voice and I'm glad Shakira got her to break out of her Broadway box. I'll be interested in seeing what she does going forward.

Omagus
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As I was reading your point abut Blake, the college football program analogy immediately came to mind so I gotta a kick out of seeing you say the same thing, especially since (I don't think?) you're that big a sports fan.

I agree that it seems like a foregone conclusion that Danielle wins tonight. She IS somewhat dull but that probably plays into her marketability. She comes across exactly as she seems: a cute, country singer with a big voice. And she's young enough that her image can probably be molded somewhat by a marketing team.

Then again, like you, people may not want to take my word for it. Up until last week, I would have bet money on Sasha winning the whole thing.

jponiewozik
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@Omagus I grew up in a Big Ten state, so you kind of soak a lot of that in subsconsciously.