NBC won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers led by The Voice which was up 13% from last week (when the Daytona 500 was delayed into primetime) to a 6.1 adults 18-49 rating. Smash also benefited rising 17% to a 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.
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Yeah Jesse needs to watch how he acts in front of the camera. I'm sure he's a nice person, and I know he's doing it for his family who is struggling, but he won't get very far if he continues acting like a bitch and a show-off.
'The Voice' still in tune: NBC singing contest
continues its winning ways in Season 2
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Every time Christina Aguilera sings to one of her team members on “The Voice,” I’m reminded why the NBC reality series -- and not “American Idol” -- is a must-watch for me during this TV season.
Supermarket tabloids and Internet gossips can snipe all they like about Xtina. Whatever her flaws, the girl’s got amazing vocal prowess, and she’s using it to advantage as a hands-on coach.
When Aguilera wants to make a specific point on the show, she sings. When she wants to suggest pitch or phrasing, she sings. When she wants to praise a contestant, she sings.
On a recent episode, Aguilera even bustled on stage with Sera Hill, newly chosen for her team, and launched into an impromptu duet on the chorus of “I’m Goin’ Down.”
Take that, J.Lo, Randy and Steven. It’s hard to imagine any “Idol” judge engaging in such graceful and confident interplay with a singing hopeful.
Aguilera does it because she can, and because -- despite the candy-apple lipstick, platinum hair and plunging necklines -- she’s all about the teaching moments.
I can’t help but like “The Voice” because of it. And this is just one reason I’ve become a faithful viewer of the show during its second season.
Actually, all four of the coaches have skills, and they’re definitely not shy about using them.
Let’s not kid ourselves: Like “Idol” (Simon Cowell’s old show) and the U.S. version of “The X Factor” (Simon Cowell’s new show), “The Voice” is a prefab singing contest. A certain amount of hype, convention and gimmickry simply comes with the territory.
Still, it’s a relief to know that the folks making the decisions here -- coaches Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine -- have the music chops and the industry clout to back up their opinions.
Just as important: Viewer fatigue that inevitably sets in at the prospect of “American Idol,” Season 11, has been refreshingly absent with “The Voice.”
A radical show? Hardly. But tweaks in the reality formula can seem like revelations when you’ve been following the mother of all vocal competitions for the past 10 years.
Blind auditions on “The Voice” (where coaches pick singers with their backs turned to the stage) and battle rounds (where teammates duke it out as duet partners) might not be huge twists, yet they do add substantial excitement.
Some compelling Alabama connections on “The Voice” have kept me tuned in, as well.
One of this season’s contestants, 19-year-old Wade Brown, is a native of Harvest and a political science major at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He boldly covered Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” during the blind auditions; Brown’s gritty funk and falsetto slide earned him a spot on Team Cee Lo.
Brown, a golden-ticket holder on “Idol” last season, barely rated screen time on the Fox series. He already has a much higher profile on “The Voice,” after appearing on a single episode.
His fate has yet to be decided, of course. But it’ll be interesting to observe Brown’s battle round, with prep from Green and one of two guest mentors: Babyface or Ne-Yo.
Another plus, especially for old-school pop and R&B fans: The iconic Lionel Richie has emerged as a guest mentor for Team Xtina. Just call him smooth, sharp and savvy at age 62.
Richie recently launched a music-world comeback -- with TV appearances, a South by Southwest showcase, a live concert filming and an album set for release on March 26. It’s called “Tuskegee,” after Richie’s hometown, and features country remakes of his greatest hits.
His presence on “The Voice” hasn’t been a major factor, but Richie did offer tips to one of the strongest challengers, soul singer Jesse Campbell, guiding his approach to a powerful battle round.
Campbell and gospel artist Anthony Evans went head-to-head on Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You,” capping the March 5 program. Evans offered tough competition; Campbell was named the winner.
Another contestant on the show, Geoff McBride of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., is a familiar face on the Gulf Coast nightclub circuit and a favorite at the First Note Music Hall. Not an Alabama guy, but maybe the next best thing.
Aguilera is coaching McBride, so he’ll receive advice for his battle round from Richie or from singer-songwriter Jewel, the other guest mentor for Team Xtina.
The bottom line: Over the years, fans have learned that investing time and attention in a reality show can be a tricky business, with no guaranteed payoff on either side of the screen.
Did anyone really expect last season’s winner of “The Voice,” Javier Colon, to rocket to superstardom? Do we anticipate anything so grand from the new crop of hopefuls?
But as the series progresses, week after week, contestants on “The Voice” have a chance to make their marks on pop culture.
If Aguilera keeps singing to them, I’ll keep watching.
Me too. I watched a couple of Whitney's YouTube performances, she's really great. Kim's good but I think Whitney would've benefited more from the process; I don't think Kim will go past the first live show.
NBC again won the night with adults 18-49 and total viewers led by The Voice, but its season low 5.1 adults 18-49 rating may have been whacked by Daylight Savings Time too, it was down 18% vs. a 6.2 rating last week. The half hour ratings for The Voice were: 4.5, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4. Smash fell to a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating, down 11% vs. a 2.7 rating last week.