After investing months of my time watching the voice, the conclusion of the competition was disappointing. I thought the idea of the show was to find “the voice” not the same ho hum, generic warbling. I think Jermaine Paul is talented and a good singer, and he seems like a nice family guy, but Juliet Simms and Chris Mann were by far the leaders of the pack. America got to have their say, and my sixteen-year-old daughter and I were left stunned.
The outcome reminded me of when the Ragazza was in elementary school and she didn’t get a spot on the safety patrol. She was an “A” student, with good attendance and behavior, yet the principal and vice principal didn’t think that was good criteria for being a candidate. They treated the process like a popularity contest, allowing the teachers to vote for their favorites, and then selecting the students they felt would never get the opportunity due to their poor grades and bad behavior. It was a mind numbing experience, especially when the vice principal told me that not being chosen for safety patrol is like not being picked for the cheerleading squad. Ahh, No. Cheerleading is about skill and popularity. Safety patrol was always about being an exemplary student, and hopefully in other places across America it still is.
So, The Voice left me feeling bewildered. How could Simms or Mann’s performances not move America? By the last two nights, the Ragazza and I were bored by Paul’s performances. We regretted not having a bigger buffer on the recorded program so we could fast forward. Paul did shine when he sang with other performers. We enjoyed seeing Pip and Jamar Rogers again, and Paul’s rendition of “Soul Man” with Blake was entertaining. The Ragazza pointed out that Paul is good at singing with others because that’s what he does for a living. And this brings us to his relationship with Alicia Keys. Why was there controversy about Tony Lucca getting support from famous buddies, but it was okay for Paul to have his boss lady give a video shout out on the show. Key’s must know just as many people as Justin Timberlake.
For the Ragazza and me, Simms and Mann embody what the show should be about. They’re two people who we looked forward to seeing and listening to every week. We wanted Simms to win and I know she reached a new generation when the Ragazza said to me “why don’t people sing like that anymore.” The answer seems to be America isn’t interested. Just like some administrators don’t see a need to reward deserving students.