There are so many shows on TV that aim to discover who the next musical superstar is. Each show has its own twists and fun aspects for the viewers, and also things that can be quite frustrating. I don’t know which one to spend my time watching, so I did a little research. Let’s step back and talk a little history about these shows.
American Idol was an American spinoff version of Pop Idol (based in Britain), and held the original and adored judges Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, and Simon Cowell for 8 seasons. American Idol has consistently been at the top of the charts ever since coming to the USA. American Idol only allows individuals to participate.
The X Factor started late 2011, and has former American Idol judges Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul along with L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls. X Factor splits the contestants up according to Boys, Girls, Over 30, and Groups, and assigns each group to a specific judge. The judge is supposed to coach them to the best of their ability, and provide them with guidance.
The Sing-Off, started in late 2009, is the most different in my opinion. A Cappella groups compete against one another (usually made up of six or more members), and use their voices to create music and sing for their performances. This leaves a lot of room for creativity, and makes things interesting. The current judges are Ben Folds, Shawn Stockman (from Boyz II Men), and Sara Bareilles (she replaced Nicole Scherzinger). Nick Lachey (from 98 Degrees) is the host.
The Voice debuted in the US in April 2011, and boasts celebrity recording artist judges and host Carson Daly. The judges are Adam Levine (Maroon 5 frontman), Cee Lo Green, Christine Aguilara, and Blake Shelton. The Voice is similar to the X Factor in that each judge has their own team of contestants (only individual contestants), but they pick their own contestants which they cannot see before they make their choice. If more than one judge elects to adopt a contestant to their team, they spin their chairs around to see whom they have picked, then the contestant gets to choose which judge they want to go with as their coach.
I consistently watched American Idol, but lost interest when Simon and Paula left. I am now a big fan of The X Factor. They changed up the rules, and jazzed up the stage and show a little bit. I am also a Simon supporter. I enjoy his witty comments and reviews, and agree with his decisions 90% of the time. One thing I really despise about X Factor….is the host. I don’t know what grinds my gears more, when Rage Against the Machine broke up, or this guy! Did they pick him just for the fact that he has an accent? He doesn’t connect with the judges (I don’t know if they like him either), he is annoying, and does a horrid job. After reading about The Voice, I am inclined to follow the next season.
Let me know what you think — which is your favorite?
- Melanie Amaro wins ‘The X Factor’ (ctv.ca)
- Simon’s Magic at American Idol (Then) and X-Factor USA (Now) (archutopia.wordpress.com)
- Simon Cowell: Next X Factor Will Be a Bloodbath (people.com)