The Voice is actually a creation from the Netherlands known as The Voice of Holland. It was exported to the U.S. where NBC premiered it on April 26, 2011. Since then people found out about one of the most scintillating pieces of Reality Competition Show Gold; The Blind Auditions! Starting off with mega pimped chairs right from the Inspector Gadget villain Dr. Claw painted red, singers would actually have to display talent to get on the show.
Four coaches from the music industry emerged ready to pick [what they hope to Christ would be] the next great singing sensation. Maroon 5 lead
S1 had memorable cast members like former American Idol contender turned Broadway veteran, Frenchie Davis, State Fair Novelty Act...err sisters Tori and Taylor Thompson [The Thompson Sisters], shy but charismatic singer Xenia, shy and nervous wreck [and eventual runner up] Dia Frampton, Mr. Clean doppelganger...err rocker chick phenom Beverly McClellan, Mohawk enthusiast Vicci Martinez, shivery sounding yet pleasant Casey Weston, and eventual winner Javier Colon.
After his "Dad with Dreams" schtick was being milked for $3.99, Javier emerged as a 4 Chair Turn after singing
S2 had just as many memorable cast members like insurance worker/aspiring singer Katrina Parker (Whose life story must be made into a movie called "Claim to Fame"). Alongside her, med student turned singer, Mathai; she who supposedly delivered the only good version of "Oh! Darling" by The Beatles [and eventual runner up] Juliet Simms; Country fried Kewpie Doll, RaeLynn; charismatic and light hearted (I can write nice shit too) Jamar Rogers; model turned "Eartha Kitt meets pixie" sounding singer (And queen of VoteForTheWorst fodder) Erin Martin; Mouseketeer turned "Dad with Dreams", Tony Lucca; Opera man with the
Jermaine emerged as a 2 Chair Turn after giving an interesting take on mall angst anthem "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne. He would go on to capture the public votes (Though none came from me) and help Blake win S2.
From S3 on, these changes were made. First, the "steal" would be introduced in the Battle Rounds that would benefit certain artists who the other coaches felt deserved another chance at winning. Also, no more "Public meets Coach voting" when the final 8 emerged (As it was discovered that Katrina was screwed by this as Adam gave slight bias to Tony). This of course led to the "Affirmative Action" style change that Team quotas after the live playoffs would be no more. Finally, iTunes votes would be added around the first full live showcase; make the top 10 of iTunes, the votes get multiplied by 10.
S3 is pretty much the best season to date. Memorable cast members include: Scottish import (And another "Dad with Dreams"), classic rock personified and eventual runner up, Terry McDermott. Shy NY singer with heavenly pipes (And the balls to sing "Listen" from the Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson take of Dreamgirls), Trevin Hunte. Gospel raised but rocker chick with soul, Amanda Brown. Creepy and oh so loveable vocalist (Who once played the fucking tambourine with her feet) with the unmistakably breathy signature, Melanie Martinez. Badass Gospel inspired human, De'Borah. What's his face with the beard...two first names...the one I can't stand vocally with those adjectives...Nicholas David *shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaade*. S2 reject turned comeback kids, Daniel Rosa, Sam James and
Cassadee emerged as a 4 Chair Turn after singing "Torn". Then she would go on to benefit from a deal with...I'm being told she actually won this fair and square votes and all. ("And also mention something we never thought possible; her desecrating of an Avril Lavigne song." Holy shit O_O) Her victory while undeserving, did provide the show with its first female winner to date. Blake would add a second victory to his coaching tenure and Christina would leave S3 after tanking around last place since the series premiere.
Cut to all the recaps of S4 I have up so far, and this is the primer to The Voice. I love the show, would love to compete and most of all it is far more entertaining than those other shows.