End of American Idol, Rise of The Voice

After a dozen years on American Idol, a key fixture on the judge’s panel is leaving the show. Randy Jackson finally announced that he will be leaving the hit reality show, and won’t be around next season.

A steady part of the show’s panel since June of 2002 when the show first aired, the question has been raised, is this the end of the American Idol reign as the top of the music -reality show pyramid?

New celebrities have been joining the all-star panel for the last few years and I for one have noticed a steady decline in the popularity of the show. (New judges have included: Ellen DeGeneres (2010), Jennifer Lopez (2011–12), Steven Tyler (2011–12), Mariah Carey (2013), and Nicki Minaj (2013).

The Voice, however, has become more and more popular since it’s inception in 2011. For those of you who don’t know, key tactics in The Voice are pitting contestant against contestant in the early rounds and judge against judge in the later rounds. Since the debut of this show, popularity has steadily increased, even passing American Idol in ratings this year.

The voice deviates from the tradition set by American Idol.  Instead of auditions, Hollywood, and a top 24 that is narrowed each week by America’s votes, The Voice has employed a unique system for choosing the contestants.

It starts with Blind Auditions in which all four coaches listen to a singer and only turn around when they decide they want them on their team. The contestant chooses whom they would like to sing for based on who turns around.

This set of rounds is followed by a battle round and a knockout round where the judges pit their own team members against each other and choose the winner. It isn’t until only 12 contestants remain that America gets to decide on a winner. The battle and knockout rounds have definitely spiced up the traditional singing reality show.

A few other points that make The Voice such a popular show are that it always has fresh performances from the coaches as well as other famous performers, and it shows famous celebrities actually coaching and helping these performers improve.

Also, the coaching panel changes, but it includes the current most popular performers; Adam Levine (lead singer of Maroon 5), Blake Shelton (country superstar), Christina Aguilera or Shakira (both female vocal powerhouses) and Usher or Cee Lo Green (both amazing and successful performers).

American Idol has had a great run and has given the entertainment industry amazing artists like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Pickler, Phillip Phillips, Adam Lambert, David Archuletta, David Cook, Jennifer Hudson, and Jordin Sparks.

However it might be about time that a new show reveals some stars of it’s own.  A new set of judges to wear the crown of discovering America’s next singing sensations.

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